Monday, March 10, 2014 4:26 AM

Good Gone Wrong

Monday, March 10, 2014 4:26 AM
Monday, March 10, 2014 4:26 AM

Rules of ethics exist in many professions such as legal and real estate agency. As a Certified Property Manager with an Accredited Management company, it was required that I take an ethics course every so many years. I am sure that each person attending could not even imagine themselves in breach of their professional ethics codes.

Over the years there were some that were brought up before the board. How did this happen? In almost every case, the issue was not one in which they performed the breach. It was one in which someone that worked for them erred, and they mishandled the reporting of the issue making the problem worse.

Here is a quote of Ross Douthat that might explain the reasoning. “But good people, heroic people, are led into temptation by their very goodness — by the illusion, common to those who have done important deeds, that they have higher responsibilities than the ordinary run of humankind. It’s precisely in the service to these supposed higher responsibilities that they often let more basic ones slip away.”

We tend to excuse the errors of those we care about, or when their errors could cause us harm. We don’t make the decision to fix the error; we make the decision to fix the reporting of the error. Is it because in our own mind we have excused ourselves in some manner? Maybe we have just proclaimed other errors to be worse, or could it be that we have proclaimed our actions to be acceptable and that’s okay in the world that we have to live in?

When man tries to make his own standard God calls it evil.

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