I recall a nice little story: A man was walking down the street with his son. He found a wallet full of money. He looked up for the identification, called the person, and mailed the wallet back. He didn't take anything from it. He told his son "It's not yours". Besides, he always used to exhibit good behavior for his son whenever he could. Next time, he was "alone" crossing a street and again happened to find a wallet. Inside the wallet, he saw large sum of money but no identification of it's owner. In addition to that, he discovered that no one was looking. For sometime, he thought of delivering the wallet to a police station, but eventually gave up the idea. He was amazed with thought of the comfort that the money possibly could bring into his life. The feeling that "no one might ever look or know" guided him to act in a way contrary to the previous case.
I sit on a chair and try to analyze my own habits in a bid to resolve that if they are ethical. My morning normally starts with a cup of tea & a clutter of news/noise on TV. I see the pitiful faces of hunger caused by the cyclone/earthquake/civil war in Myanmar, China and Ethiopia; and I recall the distressing fate of the street kids back in Nepal. They all are in need of affection, monetary help and counseling. But to me, these are just news items...I don't mind throwing my whole dish into trash cans if I am not happy with the taste of that dish...I prefer a dessert after my every meal. Isn't it an act of sheer arrogance?
My parents are living back home "alone". Sometimes, they badly need us...they sacrificed many things in life for us (kids)...now, it's our turn to acknowledge & payback some of their sacrifices (there can't be a payback, though)...But, I think how can I get a job abroad even after completing my studies and thus settle outside for a "comfortable life". In addition to an emotional responsibility towards my family, shouldn't I be concerned about my country and try to contribute "something" for a better future? Isn't it an act of utmost ignorance?
I try to argue myself that if I happen to "settle" outside and earn dollars or pound or Yen, I can remit it to my relatives and make their lives "comfortable" and also support my country's economy...but who can quantify & compare these aspects and come up with a conclusion(?): a possible "happy" life of my parents with my "presence", compared to a possible "comfortable" life owing to a "better financial position"...a possible little "share" to the growth of country's economy with my remitted foreign money, compared to my active "small contribution" towards the betterment of my beloved country. I repeatedly ask myself: am I ethical?
I recall a typical scenario at an office. The "boss" is "in-charge" of "everything". Professions always seems to be attentive towards protecting the "status-quo". Employees attempting to question the competence of "seniors" appear to be considered as a part of the problem, not as a possible component of the solution. So, being "ethical" may not prove to be "good" if you possess your own different idea and even if sure of its "better" outcome. The society and it's norms define the "ethics" and they continue to "redefine" it.
In the above narration, something about "ethics" is mentioned. The husband, despite of being drunk, was aware of his "commitment" towards his wife. So, is "ethics" we say, is doing something "moral" even in subconscious mind(?) such as "no one might ever look or know" should not redefine our attitude. Is the "ethics" always associated to "truth"? and Is being "ethical" always "good"?