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Qof #3 Ethics & Morals - are they important...

Posted on: June 24, 2008 7:59 am
 
Are ethics and morals important to you? I know a  lot of us post during working (me excluded - do not have internet in the studio). Some view that as stealing time from your employer and wasting resources. Frankly that is not what I am asking. It's a basic code of ethics and acting morally. Were you raised that way and walk the line? Or did your folks try and you disregarded them?

Would you ever steal? Would you if you knew how to do it without being caught?

Have you ever found a wallet with a wad of cash and credit cards? Would you slip a big bill out just because you can? Did you call or find it's owner and return it intact?

Have you driven by a car accident, that looked to be rather bad? Did you just drive by?  Thinking you'd clutter up the scene, you dial 911 as you pass by? Or did you pull over to provide assistance?

Have you ever walked by a person whom is homeless and asking for food and pan handling? Did you give them cash? Were you worried that if you gave the person money, they'd go spend it on booze? Wanting to ensure they get what they need, you go to a deli or other food place and pick them up something small...or hand them a bottle of water as you drive by - it's going to be hot today? Did you just drive by and avert eye contact?

Basic questions, but can make you think of how you'd react.
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Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2008 7:26 am
 

Qof #3 Ethics & Morals - are they important...

I know a  lot of us post during working (me excluded - do not have internet in the studio). Some view that as stealing time from your employer and wasting resources.

Fiddlechips?
please don't bring FC back up !! what a whirlwind



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 8:24 pm
 

Qof #3 Ethics & Morals - are they important...

I love this story, Jelly and sometimes you need something like this to happen to make you continue believin'  Thanks for sharing!




Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 8:23 pm
 

Qof #3 Ethics & Morals - are they important...

I agree with much of what has been said - morals and ethics guide us.  In my professsion, we have a very strict ethical code.  The Oprah "Pay it Forward" is something I believe in.  I am here with lots of gifts and this,  I should give back to those less fortunate.  Yes, I have given cash to a homeless person - I hope that they buy what sustains them.  In the case of an accident, I would stop to help.  When a child stumbles, I would reach down and help him up.  Call me old-fashioned, but this is the code I live by.  We will never get farther ahead than by extending a hand to the person behind us.  Thanks for asking this question and having me think about this one!



Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2008 8:10 pm
 

Qof #3 Ethics & Morals - are they important...

I, along with millions of others, have given billions to panhandlers (aka team owners) for the building of stadia and arenas.  I have also given occasionally to panhandlers with much more modest requests.

I am allowed to use a computer at work for stuff such as this.

When I was in 8th grade I found a bag of money (it had the bar's name where it was from) and I returned it to that bar.  It turned out to have $140 dollars in it (at a time when I made $10 a week on my paper route and the minimum wage was maybe $1.50/hour).

I have stopped to help at a few accident scenes (but then I'm a trained professional so it's not quite the same as someone who is not).




Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 12:30 pm
 

Qof #3 Ethics & Morals - are they important...

If you do not have a moral and ethical compass to lead you in life who would ever trust you.  There were times when I was in my teens that I made the mistake of thinking I could put one over on people and succeeded for a time, but when I was found out I lost almost everything that mattered.  It isn't worth it.

  I've got six kids now and I have always tried to teach them the values I had to earn the hard way so they won't have to go through some of the experiences I have.  So far they haven't disappointed me.




Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 11:55 am
 

Qof #3 Ethics & Morals - are they important...

I know a  lot of us post during working (me excluded - do not have internet in the studio). Some view that as stealing time from your employer and wasting resources.

Fiddlechips?



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2008 9:02 am
 

Qof #3 Ethics & Morals - are they important...

Personally, my code of ethics and morals are rather important. It was how I was brought up, how I want my son to be as well. I believe they are part of our make-up as a human being.

I have never stolen, and have caught people that have...ultimately you will get caught.

I have found a few wallets with full of cash/credit cards. I found the rightful owner and gave it back to them in tact, if they chose to give an reward, then I accepted it. If not, I did not stress about it.

I have driven by a car accident and dialed 911. I have also stopped to see if I could assist.

As for the homeless, I have provided them with food, never money. There was one that would be on the bridge to my old studio everyday...some days I would give him something, some not, I always smiled and waved. Sometimes all I had in the vehicle was a bottle of water, and knowing it was going to be a hot day, gladly gave it over to him.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2008 8:56 am
 

Qof #3 Ethics & Morals - are they important...

Years ago at Ocean City, MD we stayed in a motel that was maybe 1/4 mile from the beach.  With food stands, drinks, and rentals on the beach, I always brought my wallet with me to the beach.  The mistake I made was going swimming with my wallet still in my bathing suit.  Back in the room I was past mad and my wife past yelling at me and I was becoming a little depressed at my own error for which I had no one else to blame, and figured I would never see my wallet again.

My wife and I sat down and actually started a budget for the rest of the trip using the cash we left in the room and her credit card when someone knocked at our door.  It was a man with a drenched but perfectly whole wallet in his hand.  He found it washed up on the shore and used the motel receipt still in the wallet to find us.  He refused a reward, and as far as I could tell, nothing was missing.  My faith in human nature was restored that day.

Do ethics and morals matter?  Of course they do.  In the long run if you always do the right thing, you will be much better off.  I have learned in my years on the job to be effective it is essential that you be trusted.  As a Financial Controller, this is doubly so.  Everybody knows sales people tend to dance on the edge, but such behavior is not acceptable in accounting. 

I know if I ever find a wallet, I will attempt to return it to the owner if at all possible.  It is the right thing to do.  It is also what you would want someone else to do for you.

 



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