Week 2 – Reflection Paper
Reflection Paper #2
Ethics and corporate responsibility identify how a person should behave morally and how the law then dictates how they behave as well. Ethics decision, “any choice about how a person should behave that is based on a sense of right and wrong,” per the novel Introduction to Business Law, consists over very important life principles that influence how we make choices each day. Lying, stealing, cheating, applying the same or different standards at home and at work, your responsibility as a bystander when you see other people doing wrong or being harmed, are some of these life principles in which we try and obey.
Ethical behavior not only affects you but those around you, personally and professionally. Businesses hire ethical workers, and workers expect that their companies are ethical as well. “Unethical behavior is a risky business strategy – it can harm not only the bad actors but also entire industries and even countries,” says the authors of the Introduction to Business Law (Beatty, Samuelson, & Abril). Setting an ethical example for others to follow creates an honest and trustworthy environment for everyone. Understanding your personal principles and ethics will help you to make easier choices and stand true to your beliefs both personally and in a working environment.
C. S. Lewis describes is as this, “the law of gravity tells you what stones will do if you drop them; but the Law of Human Nature tells you what human beings ought to do and do not do,” “you have the facts (how men do behave) and you also have something else (how they ought to behave)” (Lewis, 2005). Ethics and life principles are similar in that you have a choice to do things in life, the decision lies within you and what you see is ethical or unethical.
The article written about the illegal downloading of music and movies has helped to identify that consumers are stealing music and movies from creators everyday. The artistry and happiness that these works of art do to the consumer is what tempts the human into making a choice, to purchase or pirate. The ethical choice people make is sometimes confusing and difficult, if I can take the music or movie from another site for free, am I really stealing it? The site has actually stolen the material, I am simply downloading it for free. When ethically taking it for free is wrong, even if it has been done with a clear conscious. Not paying for music and movies takes away the hard work that these artists have prepared for the world.
The most important concept introduced this week is that of ethical behavior. As a parent I do my absolute best to set a good example of this for my six-year-old son. I have learned that as God’s people we were created in his image, to be more God-like. Jesus was sent to us as an example of how humans can be more God-like. In many ways we have failed at this task, to be ethical, to make morally good choices. Forgiveness is how we learn some of these ethical battles and lessons. Understanding and staying true to my beliefs and actions, my ethics and life principles, make me who I am. I am confident that if I stay true to these ethical choices I can set an example and create a foundation for my son, and those that I interact with, on honest and good natured ethics can create a positive environment for everyone.
A great example of how the legal concept of ethics affects the environment is in an example provided by following orders. If a company has an employee get hurt on the job due to negligence or unhealthy working conditions they are now in a legal position that could potentially costs them money or the loss of the company. If the firm goes to court and the firm lies, or persuades employees to lie under duress, they have made an unethical choice that affects the company and those employees individually. The possibility of losing a job or being reprimanded for not following orders is stressful and scary at times. People everyday are put in these situations and it is not easy to stand by good ethics and life principles when you and your family’s well-being may depend on your career.
While reading Mere Christianity I have found that there are a few places in which I am slightly confused. “Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness” (Lewis, 2005). I think that what the author is trying to convey is that if a sinner doesn’t every really understand that he is sinning and then decides to repent he will never really understand Christianity? Just as he says, “when you know you are sick, you will listen to the doctor” (Lewis, 2005). Until you have sinned and understood that you have sinned then you will focus on how to be a better Christian and live life with better ethics and moral life principles.
Bibliography Beatty, J., Samuelson, S., & Abril, P. (n.d.). Introduction to Business Law. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning . Lewis, C. S. (2005). Mere Christianity. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc. .
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