Making Good Business Ethical Decisions

How do you know you are making a good, moral decision? This question was asked on a forum and I’ll share my answers.  This answer would also apply to business ethics.

Actually, you won’t.  You have only good guidance from Christian theology and the philosophy branch of ethics. So how would you know you would make the right choice in this video (i.e. which I’ve including in our discussion on war):

Let me give you an answer in Interesting  Zeno‘s Paradoses, and underline the important part:

The dichotomy paradox leads to the following mathematical joke. A mathematician, a physicist and an engineer were asked to answer the following question. A group of boys are lined up on one wall of a dance hall, and an equal number of girls are lined up on the opposite wall. Both groups are then instructed to advance toward each other by one-quarter the distance separating them every ten seconds (i.e., if they are distance d apart at time 0, they are d/2 at t=10, d/4 at t=20, d/8 at t=30, and so on.) When do they meet at the center of the dance hall? The mathematician said they would never actually meet because the series is infinite. The physicist said they would meet when time equals infinity. The engineer said that within one minute [u]they would be close enough for all practical purposes[/u].

So while you should study ethics in philosophy and Christian theology, you  would be close enough for all practical purposes – in making ethical decisions in most situations.  And if you fall short, Christianity does offer forgiveness of sins.

Before I bring up the medical case with my mom, look at this short video

Here’s what happened with my mom:

  • To insure I was making the right scientific and bioethics decision, I made sure the  Bio Ethics right laboratory tests were preformed
  • To insure I was making the right theological  decision, I consulted with clergy from the Protestant, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions.
  • I then held a meeting with the chief doctor, a nurse, a hospital chaplain and my cousin and her husband (i.e. who lived close by).  I asked questions of the doctor from a scientific and bioethics perspective.  I asked the same questions of the hospital chaplain, which I asked of the Christian clergy.  Then I asked for any advice from family members.

Then I had them remove life support.  Now I might have made the wrong decision.  But I got the best advice for making that decision.

I’m sure in my mom’s case, I made the right decision.  And all the scientific experts (i.e. physicians) and theologians (i.e. Protestant, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox) also felt the same way.  Luckily, I did attend Grief Share  meetings (which is a Christian video series), held at local churches.  The best part was discussing the grief and death with others, under the guidance of a trained facilitator.  The second year is much easier for me, as my mom passed on Oct. 4, 2013.

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