In the galloping shadows of time and history, we have become victims of the systemic assault of the truth. There is no such thing as “making ethics right.” The state of what is called ethics is based on one’s culture, ego, ethics, character, need for power, and heritage, among many other innumerable factors. The state of being ethical is seen through one’s own prism and follows them through their own beliefs, fear, welcoming the excitement of being at the center of attention through so-called passion, demagoguery and demonology. There are thousands of cases to prove this. I will provide one personal example:
I was the first female visiting professor at the U.S. Air War College. My husband, obviously was the only male spouse. We paid five dollars to join the spouse club. When my two year contract was finished, they gave us back our five dollars; they had never held a meeting during my two year tenure. The general of the base and the colonel of my original academic department did not know what to do with a woman. The general called me a street fighter, and the colonel took away my teaching – at GS 15- GS16 level, and I was sitting at my desk with no assignment. Was that ethical? How many federal employees are sitting at desks doing absolutely nothing? Knowing it was not ethical, I was invited to join another academic war college department, and started lecturing at bases around the country, and at the Central Intelligence Agency. I “climbed above” the general and the colonel to earn my salary, and make a difference!
Listen to much of the hyperbole at the United Nations this week. How much is truth? How much is ego? Where is truth? Ethics cannot be made right. People have to want to see and hear the truth, and act accordingly. The problem is that each person’s sense of truth is different than another’s. How can we make the future “right,” if “to thine own self be true, ” many are not, and live a masked life, to die accordingly, cremated at the stake or as they say in the funeral business, “the funeral director did a good job in the facial makeover.
P.S. Anne Frank, who lived in hiding during Amsterdam’s Nazis occupation, about 1941, and who died at the age of 15, is quoted in her diary, “…I still believe people are good at heart…!”
Caroline S. Westerhof, Ph.D.