Ethics And Its Impact On Society

1281 WordsApr 14, 20166 Pages
Crises are recurring events in human history, and some are less severe; others change legislations, world politics, our perception of the status quo, and people’s lives (Hasel 2013). Crisis dramatically change people’s lives leaving them fearing for their safety, struggling with unemployment, and losing faith in the status quo, including political (government) leadership (Hasel, 2013). In modern times, ethics in government have become not only something of great public interest, but also an important area of study in the academic fields of politics and government. Ethics refers to the study of right and wrong behaviors (Makenricko, 2007). Ethics means weighing carefully the actions to be undertaken through the compliance prism of a set of values and standards defined at the level of society, for its own good (Brown, Trevino, & Harrison, 2005, p. 120). In our daily lives we are constantly faced with important questions about what to do. Should I keep my promise or should I not? Should I report a lost wallet, or simply keep the money inside? Should I give to the panhandler or keep my change? Ethics, as a field of study, attempts to find principles and rules for answering such questions (Makenricko, 2007). Ethical behavior is the foundation of any professional organization and as such, should be a recurring theme in every thing we do. Even in government, people expect their elected and appointed officials to always to do what is right. Government officials have a ethical
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