My 3 hour ethics class was pretty boring although I did in fact benefit from it. They made some very profound and interesting points about morals, values, integrity and ethics in the work force. I think the Insurance Business came in second on the "Most Misinterpreted Businesses in America" chart. I can attest to that truth!
It was overall great material although we really didn't do anything but skim through a bunch of screens on a projector. My brain could not process all the information at the speed they were going. On the bright side, we got out a little early and I was able to grab a bite to eat at Panera, my favorite! I sure wasn't one to complain.
There was a point in time in the class where they began talking about our government and paralleling all the issues and mess with Wall Street and AIG today and how we must always seek to do the greatest good both for the business and the consumer (ethics). There is in fact a balance.
One quote that they read aloud was very thought provoking to me and so scarily true. I searched for it on the internet and was able to find it in it's entirety and so I'm going to post it...
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.'
'A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.'
'From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.'
'The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years'
'During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith
From spiritual faith to great courage
From great courage to liberty
From liberty to abundance
From abundance to selfishness
From selfishness to complacency
From complacency to apathy
From apathy to dependency
From dependency back to bondage."
It's a viscious cycle, my friends. I'm not quite sure where exactly we are today in the US- perhaps apathy or dependancy? (ie. dependancy on the government). I'm certainly not one to gauge our stance as a Nation and economy although I can assure you we're in the latter as opposed to all the good that the first attributes ensued. Not to mention our nation is now officially 232 years old.
I guess we'll see how the next few years pan out.
We need God again.