Morals and Ethics – stand up for what you believe 1

Recently while considering the direction South Africa is taking and the view people all over the world have of South Africa I considered a variety of words and attributes that might aptly depict the current situation.

If we ask ourselves if we are a society of honest individual’s with a high regard for morals, morality, values and ethics I think we would most probably respond with a resounding no.

Consider the meaning of the following and apply these to various situations, individuals and businesses in and in our country.

Ask yourself if leaders are honest, ethical, have high morals and values, abide by codes of conduct and behaviour that are acceptable both nationally and internationally and if they abide by the laws of the country and business law.

Consider the following:

Honesty – Truthfulness – openness – the same as you would expect from others

Ethics – moral principles and values – testing all your actions against the norms of your principles

Morals – Morality – Goodness – Virtue – rectitude of/in all aspects of personal behaviour

Values – Standards of life – attitude and philosophy and principles

Law-abiding – aware in all one’s actions and the agreed social code of the nation

I am sure you will agree that in many instances South Africa is an “Amoral” country where many of our leaders in business and politics are, unprincipled, unethical, dishonourable, unscrupulous, immoral and lacking in principles.

This would apply also to those who will not stand up and acknowledge what they believe to be right. We cannot sit on the fence and we cannot follow the crowd. We must each individually stand up for what we believe to be right.

What can we do to change this? What can be done to change the perception of South Africa that prevails both nationally and internationally? 

We must all ask ourselves the question: in how far do we in every detail of our lives conform to the above attributes.

Where in my life do I cut corners or fall short of the high standards listed above?

When I consider members of my family, do we collectively live accordingly to these standards? Do I set a clear example in my circle of friends and in my working environment?

What can we do to change behaviour and what can be done to change the perception of South Africa that prevails both nationally and internationally?

The country needs a new national convention, where stock is taken of where we are, where we need to go, what is needed to get us there, and what the minimum requirements and duties of individual have to be.

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