The Ethical State of the Union
A look at the issues of ethics and honor in the U.S.
Paper discusses the current ethical situation in the U.S., honor codes, ethics policies both in university settings and business. The writer offers examples and perspectives and develops logical progression to potential solutions.
“The Starwood Hotels & Resorts chain recently commissioned a study. They questioned 401 business executives and CEOs with an average household income of $187,000 on a variety of golf and related issues. Golf is considered the game of business, an honorable sport where the players themselves are responsible for policing their own activity. But with that honorable environment in mind, it turns out that 82 percent of those executives admitted to cheating on the golf course. An astonishing commentary one might say on the average golfer. However, that astonishment quickly turns to disgust when one finds out that the survey also found 86 percent saying they cheated in business. With the current public downward spiral of many a CEO and major corporation on the skids of corruption and lies, one can only wonder what the true story about the American ethical situation really is. Are these trends indicative of an greater erosion of societal morals, or is it a case of a few bad eggs spoiling the bunch? I believe that honor is not dead in our culture, but it has definitely become a lost cause. If we as a society do not embrace it and proclaim it, however, it will soon die.”