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What is ethic to you, me or them?

June 14, 2008


I remember vividly the subject Business Ethics we had in third semester and how proudly our course director announced- this is a relatively new subject and not even IIM-Ahmedabad has teachers or relevant books for it. I passed the discipline with a GPA of 9 courtesy all the search I did on internet to read theories related to ethical decision making. But even standing at that surprising GPA I bear no capability to define Ethics per se.

I read Indian news stories daily, I see global news daily, I use endorsed brand daily, I make an environmental related decision daily- and they are all related to ethics. My wordweb dictionary defines ethics as ‘A system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct’. But who is to explain the context of acceptable. It’s a fancy word some philosopher used to veil his inability to measure anything that is pure right or wrong- anything that is pure black or white. It’s just a picayune excuse some genius picked up to write heaps of circumlocutious non meaning theories to hide the evil sides- the grey sides.

The topic of this post is -What is ethic: to you, me or them? When I see a poor kid in CRY print advertisement I resolve to adopt a child but never do it in reality…but when I do see a kid enjoying Baskin Robbins ice cream I nag my partner to go to parlour and take one bite. Am I ethical?

When I see my fellow friends being conscious and aware enough to dedicate a post on youth Unite about Bhookh and add a badge on their WordPress blogs…I aimlessly click on the site in hope to feed the hungry……but when I don’t like the taste of a dish I vainly leave the whole dish go in trash cans with a certain arrogance. Am I ethical?

I see a movie daily- that’s my routine and a way to rewind after sitting in the comforts of my workstation and sipping endless mochachinno’s and tapping laptop glaring into the matte finished screen. I see the imaginative world of songs and dance routine- criticize them and then compare with better quality English movies safely ignorant of the situations in Somalia/Myanmar/China/India. Am I ethical?

I read about rising rates of rapes and take out my angst onto wordpress by writing a post. I read about deplorable conditions of elderly and take out my angst onto wordpress by writing another post. I read about Aarushi and her ill fated media tryst and take out my angst onto wordpress by writing yet another post. I sit conveniently in the calm comforts of my electrically heated bed and write about people I can’t help. I talk about rapes- but have I researched what’s actually happening to women in Gulf countries or Asia? I talk about elderly not doing a thing for my own mother who is alone in India. I talk about Aarushi and let some perverse people find a way to write their even more perverse ideas about horrible things and do not even attempt to moderate them in honor of Freedom of Expression. Am I ethical?

I see a larger than life Shahrukh talk superfluously claiming that how his son was upset when he couldn’t see a match and how he bought a whole cricket team for him to relish! Now you people – who treat him ahead of god can be kind enough to tell me a single just a meagre quote from this man about his daughter? Wait he has a daughter- oh yes he does…But does he ever talks about her? No…never. Way to go King Khan our Indian hero- you’re perfect ambassador to support Female Foeticide cases in Harayana or Punjab. Wait a minute- but you need to charge a crore for you can’t do that..but shell out a few crores more and you can prance around in your underwear in a glitzy Page 3 private party. So why don’t we leave the ambassadorship of Polios and Female Foeticide to Aamir Khan and Mr. Bachchan and then malign them by blog-wars? Or why not smoke a cigarette in public and set an example to youngsters to take light (pun intended) and forget that others exist. So back to square one- Is he ethical?

A team in Olympics works hard and manages to win a bronze medal and we get to read about it in the sports section right under the major write up on Irfan Pathan’s love life all revealed on Orkut. A Police Officer stresses that Shruti was found in OBJECTIONABLE state totally unaware of even the poor girl’s name and dares to speaks this in front of hungry carnivorous reporters. An actor takes a cool cheque for two crores to endorse a cola brand and a physically challenged Pullela Gopichand declines few thousands to endorse a cola brand saying it’s not good for children’s health. The actor gains publicity and is seen on billboards and Pullela is lost in his own loop of same picayune excuse- Ethics. Is the actor/Police Officer/Reporter/Media ethical?

You take it from here my friend. Congratulations for coming so far till the end for this is a heavy dose post not a page 3 gossip or some perverse tips giving post. You must have felt something too or had a connection with my inner callings….still you will head straight out of this browser window and open Orkut/Facebook/MySpace/Gtalk/Yahoo/MSN/Skype and talk repeatedly- ‘Sup? Aur Batao? What’s new ‘; without even bothering to let your inner calling grow and make you aware or even write a line about it here assuring me I am not insane to write this. Here my friend the question is – ‘Are you Ethical?’ Think about it and if you know the answer then for my sanity’s sake drop a line or two.


12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2008 9:47 pm

    as i said this is one of the best post i have ever read…

  2. June 14, 2008 10:43 pm

    I agree!

    Arguably one of the best of posts I have ever read in my life! The way you have put things across is wonderful.

    Coming to the article, yes. The world is losing its ethics. The sorry state of affairs is the fact that the youth is losing it as well. It is time we behaved true to ourselves; taking the right decisions no matter what it costs us.

  3. June 16, 2008 7:18 pm

    very nice post!! But regarding SRK , read this. It exactly addresses the question u have asked him

  4. June 16, 2008 11:29 pm

    I love this post. In simple arguments, it totally destroyed everything for me. Not totally set me thinking that hey, I do everything like this. I’m such a hypocrite. I talk about this and that but I never really do anything about it. It’s easy to criticize. I don’t know what I’ll do, quite frankly. But my ethics did manage to take a big jolt from this one.

  5. June 17, 2008 11:25 am

    @ Vishesh- Thanks!!! Yet again! 🙂

  6. June 17, 2008 11:25 am

    @ Manoj- Thanks for understanding the spirit of the post

  7. June 17, 2008 11:27 am

    @ Reema- Hey thanks for sharing the url… I read it. But still don’t you agree as a celeb he has a social responsibility-when he goes on bragging about his son in front of cameras how will other crazy fan fathers remember about the young daughters? Saying that he is shy of women is one sad reason to give.

  8. June 17, 2008 11:28 am

    @ Ish- Thaks dear! yeah sometimes these things shake me completely and I feel helpless. I don’t know how to help so many others.

  9. megcloud9 permalink
    June 19, 2008 2:51 am

    excellent thoughts ,maybe presented in a very ruthless manner but it speaks of the confusion pented up within you …

    if we dont start somewhere,we will never make a difference ………………

  10. June 19, 2008 7:28 pm

    nice post..
    Am I Ethical?
    tough question.. 😉 many of us throwing wastes or plastic bags in the bin while in a park or picnic spots or when coming out of the house…. everything starts from there…

  11. July 2, 2008 4:57 pm

    there is a huge food crisis in Africa, terrorism is on an all time high, a huge percentage of the world’s population doesn’t get potable water to drink…there are problems galore in this world and truly efforts should be taken to solve the problems. we, as normal human beings, cannot really deal with such huge problems alone. all we can do is take some small measures of our own to help the situation. of course there are people starving in india but does that mean you would stop enjoying meals in good restaurants? would that stop the problem? all that would do is stop you from enjoying what God has given you. stopping yourself from enjoying a baskin robbins ice cream won’t help matters either. i don’t think it would be wise to stop enjoying what we have in our lives thinking about the deprived. but yes if there are steps that we can take for the betterment of some lives of course we must do the needful. in your case you blog about your thoughts and in that way are spreading awareness in your own way. you are doing a good job. keep it up.


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