Fairness and Ethics in Decision Making
“Many of our decisions are made within a social context, in which we are confronted with the options, the actions, and the presence of other active decision makers (Kelly 2000). Because of the social setting, decision makers are often have impact on the welfare of others, and vice versa” (Cremer D., Dijk E).
“Ethics is not following the law. A good system of law does incorporate many ethical standards, but law can deviate from what is ethical. Law can become ethically corrupt, as some totalitarian regimes have made it. Law can be a function of power alone and designed to serve the interests of narrow groups. Law may have a difficult time designing or enforcing standards in some important areas, and may be slow to address new problems” (Velasquez M., Michael J.D.)
Here is another very relevant example in fairness and ethics in decision making, “Say ‘A’ is the widowed parent of three children. He has been jobless for almost a year. Six months ago he started looking outside his field, dropping his expectations and salary requirements. He is deep in debt, has no medical coverage and is overdue on the rent. He has been trying to keep up a cheerful attitude for his children, who don’t know the extent of the family’s woes. Now a good job has come up. He is told it’s between him and another person, but he must swear in writing that he has never taken illegal drugs. Trouble is, he used to smoke a little marijuana now and then. He is never taken any other illegal drug and he don’t use marijuana anymore either — but that hasn’t changed his opinion that it is absurd and hypocritical that marijuana is illegal while alcohol and nicotine — which every year kill millions and cost society billions. Does he lie on the application?” (Hanson W.). people often lie whenever they fall in this kind of situation. It is unethical but there is no way out. Situation and the environment compel them to be unethical and unfair.
“Most of our decisions aren’t such dilemmas. But the stakes can be high even in mundane matters, for everything we do and say represents a choice. How we decide determines the shape of our lives”. (
In conclusion, “No one can simply read about ethics and become ethical, of course. People often have to make decisions under economic, professional and social pressure. Rationalization and laziness are constant temptations. But making ethical decisions is worth it if you want a better life and a better world. Keep in mind that whether for good or ill, change is always just a decision away (
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