Dee Rogers



Become ethical

I was listening to Alanis Morriset’s song, 21 Things I Want In A Lover, and it made me thing about ethics. I’m into reading at the moment so I thought there might be a good book that would cover all the ethical issues of the day. I didn’t find the book but I did find this text about how we make ethical judgements. It was supplement to a puzzle and here’s the link if you are interested.

  • We all tend to make ethical judgements based on conditioned and subjective views of what is right and proper. And this is neither right or wrong – it’s natural …. read more  – You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney.
  • And we all tend to make snap decisions in assessing whether something is right or wrong, before seeking the full story. Also an acceptable behaviour – it’s how we’ve survived …and explained well in the above book also.
  • The need to examine what really lies beneath the surface when judging good and bad will become increasingly important as ethics and ethical issues become genuinely popular mainstream concerns.
  • Powerful organisations, politicians and the media are very clever at ‘spinning’ and distorting information so as to control public opinion.
  • Therefore modern ethical issues such as corruption, environmental action, humanitarianism, the excesses of globalisation, etc., cannot be judged on face-value and what the political and corporate leaders say, nor even by any measurement and survey instruments over which they have influence.
  • Judging important matters such as ethics on the surface is no basis for proper judgement, moreover we make it very easy for those who seek to deceive and exploit us when we fail to question and examine things properly before deciding.
  • Transparency, scrutiny, and a public demand for truth are the drivers for real ethical accountability.


Unless we understand more deeply than a natural bias as in the first two questions above, we will never be empowered to fix anything.

Here are some amazing non-fiction books that I’ve read recently. I’ll post something on each of them but they were all thoughtful, deeply researched, inspiring and enlightning. Whilst they all sound ‘doomsday-ish’, they are not.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have–or can accountants save the world by Jane Gleeson-White

Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson

You are Not So Smart: by David McRaney

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

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