Thinking Ethics was a project launched in Geneva to foster the debate about ethics. A few friends, fed up with only reading about abuses in the media, decided to hold a forward-looking seminar on five subjects: ethics and performance, ethics and knowledge, ethics and consciousness, ethics and disobedience and ethics in real time. If moral has to do with right and wrong, then ethics is its application in society. We believe that people need to talk about the subject to determine the level of ethics they want. The book Thinking Ethics, a result of the seminar, is to start the discussion. This blog is a contribution to the conversation. :
OK - not quite ethics, but politically correct... There is a new game app to fight against Malaria that is being launched by World Vision. Besides swatting mosquitos while avoiding the ladybugs, you can donate 5 CHF - about 5 US $ - to buy a mosquito net in Senegal or Tanzania. Bye Bye Mosiquito, can be downloaded to your phone. Also available in the App Store and on Android.
What is real anymore? Performances from drug taking athletes, college test scores, pre-taped fireworks (last Olympics in Beijing), photo retouching... what you see is not necessarily real. And now - there is this debate going on in the media about submitting quotes to sources for approval or correction (gasp!) before publication. Read this interesting and controversial debate on the subject by people in the media industry in Ethics Newsline, "Quote Approval".
Some of us go around bemoaning the loss of civility in society. I found this article in Ethics Newsline entitled "The link between Civility and Ethical Behavior" by Ed Collins interesting, in view of the fact that he suggests ways of doing something about it. We then should all stand up and protest - let our views be know.
So, for the all the bashing in politics - call or write your congressperson. In a public debate, stand up and protest to the Chair. In entertainment - start a boycott (good luck with that one!), and last but not least - educate your kids to be respectful. I am all for these actions - but hope a critical mass forms soon to have an impact, otherwise, it is a losing battle. On the other hand, look what has happened to acceptance of smoking.... there might be a reversal on the civility front too!