Ethical principles

Ethical principles are a philosophical stance which directly or indirectly leads to a standard based around ethics.

Ethics means ‘moral principles that govern a person or group’s behaviour,’ so that a perfect union is formed, implying that unity of purpose is a primary value. The principle of respect for autonomy.

We all have an obligation to respect the autonomy of other people, respecting the decisions made by other people concerning their own lives.

The four principles of ethics are:

Integrity

To behave in accordance with ethical principles, act in honesty, fairness and in good faith.

Impartiality and independence

To remain impartial and to conduct oneself in the interests of others and to ensure that any personal views and convictions do not compromise ethical principles, or official duties.

Accountability

To take responsibility for one’s decisions, actions and their consequences.

Respect

To continue to respect the diversity, equality, dignity, worth and privacy of all persons.

Conclusion

We must at all times promote a high level of professionalism towards decisions and actions to make sure those are upheld, through mandates and objectives.

For those who are in a place of power and have responsibility, it is even more important they remain impartial. Others are relying on them to get that right, whether in politics, in business or through an institution.

For society and the world to live in sync and harmony with each other it is important we all live by the same rules.

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27 Apr, 2019

4 thoughts on “Ethical principles

  1. Different ethics can be applied to different situations to inform our thinking and support decision making, but their overriding consideration should always be to ensure that high ethical standards are embedded in everything we do.

    I certainly agree with your suggested ethical principles and for me respect of everyone regardless, is the most important of these.

    1. Thanks. Yes, agreed. That’s not happening of course. It’s what’s wrong with the world today.

      When I was growing up, respect was something you did without question. As children we had respect for our elders, no matter what.

      Although respect must be earned and it has to work both ways, we must continue to be respectful no matter what.

      Each and everyone of us is accountable to ourselves and the universe. Just because someone isn’t, doesn’t mean we mustn’t be either.

      It doesn’t cost to be respectful. The world needs more of it.

  2. Yes, it would be great if everybody in the world was willing to live by the same rules, but obviously this isn’t happening, so it’s no wonder the world is in such chaos.

    So many groups want to live by their own set of rules even if it means living in the stone age and acting like cavemen. I have learned many lessons about living by principles recently, when dealing with people who don’t like to live by the rules and choose to live by their own.

    Only recently have I realized that it’s okay to live by my own principles even if others don’t agree with them. It’s just a shame that it only took me until I was 50 years old to realize it.

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes, rules and principles are different. Rules are ‘rules of the road’ which we should all be working towards.

      Our principles act as the foundation for our belief or behaviour system, but then we must still play by the ‘rules of the road.’

      As you say, what’s going on out there isn’t playing by the rules.

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