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Fear makes for poor ethics

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If we think the stockholders at Enron and other high-profile corporate cheaters got hurt, what about disabled people in the Washington, DC area who rely on a subsidized public access bus service to get to work–and their buses often arrive hours late or don’t show up at all? Washington Post reports this bus company is lying about its on-time statistics–and getting paid BIG performance bonuses for its “great” service.

Well, congratulations to some of the disabled–some of whom lost jobs because these buses consistently didn’t get them to work on time–who have decided to sue. But what a shame it takes that kind of upheaval in so many lives to bring the shoddy performance and the misrepresentations and the lies to light.

Who ARE the people who can lie so outrageously and accept money for services not rendered? Who raised them? Is this a case of whatever the head honcho says, people who want to keep their jobs just close their eyes? No wonder Adolph Hitler could do what he did. Can fear make cowards and liars of us all?

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  • http://d-l-ennis.journalspace.com/ D L Ennis

    Fear motivates greed and every other repulsive characteristic of mankind! Fear rules the world…The biggest dogs are some of the most frightened, they just hide it well. Hitler was a frightened little evil child, that’s why he wanted a bigger house with thicker walls, so to speak. The rich are afraid of losing everything, as are the wannabe’s that they will go to any length to keep what they have, and think that the more power, money, etc. they have the safer they will be. However, the more they have the more frightened they are of losing it.

    Fear is the number one motivator!
    Look what President Bush has done since 9/11 scared the hell out of him.

    DL

  • Nancy

    Is it fear, or an intrinsic evil or corruption? Saying it’s fear is in some sense excusing these people for their actions: ‘oh, I did it because I was afraid…’. More likely, I think, is that these people are quite simply so selfish, so self-centered, and so self-oriented that they just don’t care how what they does affects others, even on a global scale. With them, it’s ego, greed, and total lack of ethics that accounts for their behavior, plus that fact that, increasingly, they’re able to get away with it because no one is outraged enough to speak out, stop, or punish them, and the rewards are enormous.

  • D L Ennis

    Everyone on earth is frightened. If not for fear, which doesn’t excuse anything in my book, there would be no religion. It all started with a frightened little man sitting in a cave seeking a way to deal with his fears.

    You said, Nancy– “With them, it’s ego, greed, and total lack of ethics that accounts for their behavior, plus that fact that, increasingly, they’re able to get away with it because no one is outraged enough to speak out, stop, or punish them, and the rewards are enormous.” I agree, but it all leads back to fear.

    Ethics is a word that’s meaning has been manipulated by modern man to suit his needs. Like the word ‘Diva,’ –A distinguished female operatic singer; a female operatic star— is now used by the entertainment business and those who write about the entertainment business to describe any female performer, model, etc. The word ethics should be deleted from the English language; it has been rendered useless by politics and business.

    This could go on forever. And no one should be forgiven for doing wrong to others no matter what the motivator!

    DL

  • Barbara J Payne

    Thanks for commenting, Nancy and DL. Well said about fear motivating the world. There are some sources that say there are really only two emotions in the world–fear and love–and if it isn’t one, it’s the other.

    I buy that. It makes so much sense when we realize that other human beings are very much like us. You can dress fear up as all those other things–greed, ego, power-hunger, and so on–but if you dig deep enough, you find fear.

    Fear that they won’t have enough money, enough power, enough control, enough love. It’s hard to view an enemy in those terms–and God knows it would make it awfully hard to kill someone if you were a soldier–but, for me at least, it makes it easier to understand and forgive both the faults I see in others and my own failings.

    And praticing forgiveness, tolerance and appreciation are now being scientifially proven to create good health. Check out the HearthMath.org people.

  • vishal manocha

    fear of god and nothing else, then evils will fear from you…………