Let’s talk about ethics. If someone is born into poverty with no way to get out, especially if they are competing against technology that has no heart, but is used by man, should they be punished for being impoverished? We see the state of man every day: Even without the influence of technology, there stands a tremendous struggle.
Should any group that is forced through birth or circumstance be punished for participation?
What if they are rich, and were indoctrinated into certain practices, yet were never given separate knowledge that would help them better understand?
Applying one’s metacognition skills is really important with questions such as this. You have to be able to think about these types of situations from multiple perspectives.
Let’s make it a little more complicated. Let’s say there are resources that could help but they are foe resources. Foe resources either are not really available, have such long waiting lists that they do more damage than good, or are resources that are still manipulated to create a specific mindset.
When we make choices and decisions, we need to consider the ethics of the matter. We would have a more intelligent society if we, at least initially, strive for an impartial view. I just watched this short video on Coursera, and it’s a good start towards better understanding the need for impartiality.
Let’s look at women and pregnancy. You see a black woman and she is pregnant but has no ring. You don’t ask her any questions but assume. Is this ethical? Never to speak to the person you are labeling. Or is it short-sighted, you decide?
1. She’s not married, therefore promiscuous.
2. She is probably on welfare and it’s her fault.
3. The baby’s father is not present.
4. The baby’s father is black.
5. She has no education.
These are the type of wide sweeping unethical assumptions that we make to judge people every day. Do a reassessment of this pregnant woman and think of the hundreds of different stories that could be told from it by mere speculation.
Here is my story for her.
Her name is Tiffany and she is 38 years old, but she looks older because of the struggles in her life. Tiffany never wears her wedding ring because her fingers are too swollen. Her feet keep on swelling too, so she wears shoes with holes because they are more broken in. She has to take the bus because her doctor says it’s best for her not to drive, and she owns a coffee shop on the good side of Manhattan. Ironically, she doesn’t drink coffee. Her husband travels a lot to undisclosed locations, but their love is like Fort Knox, so no one is breaking them up. She has a pretty sour attitude because she’s having ongoing back pain from the twins she hasn’t told her husband about them. He still thinks she’s only having one. She spends a significant amount of time at work preparing an extra space at the shop to be her part-time nursery. Tiffany took some classes online, but opening her coffee shop didn’t require college and she is happy. She has no idea how many lives she’s saved at her business just by being a listening ear when people needed it, but she certainly had saved lives. Her husband, Bradley, calls her frequently just to make sure she is well. On top of work, she is planning a big party for his 40th birthday and trying to figure out how not to invite his grandfather, who is the biggest racist known to man.
What story would you have written? Is it possible that on the daily basis people in and out of authority are condemning people who are just like them? Is it possible that you have made an error or two or three in your life?
Remember to communicate, try to be impartial, accept that things are not necessarily what you perceive and when you look at people think about how you would like yourself and your family and your loved ones to be treated. Let’s move towards more ethical behavior because the technology to destroy an entire generation is already here.