Ethical Aspects of Communication
The primary objective in the following paper is to communicate my code of ethics relating to our course content and as instructed by the Code of Ethics Paper assignment objectives.
For my code of ethics to be successfully embraced I need to be self-aware. Without self-awareness, one could not truly determine if they were in line with their principles. This resolve lays the groundwork for me to be ruthlessly honest with myself.
There were many times in my life when I have been disappointed to say the least whom I had become. These realizations allowed me to make appropriate adjustments which then allowed me to live a life that I could respect.
Personal code of ethics described:
My ethical focus is on utilitarianism. How can I do the best good for myself, family, friends and loved ones, while at the same time limiting or preventing damage to all others?
I believe most can agree that we live a complicated world filled with tough decisions. Further, with limited resources and competing intention, not all can come out on the winning end of a given situation. So, then the natural next question presents itself. How do I achieve the greatest good for all concerned? This implies the means justifies the end. Which requires sound judgment. This sound judgment should only be applied with deep honest thought and a real commitment to the good of all.
Utilitarianism has a democratic and well-intentioned sense about it and was founded by, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill.
That the end justifying the means, overall happiness, rationalization, significant ramification, and cost benefits are all key terms relating to Utilitarianism.
Description of Model:
Utilitarianism is a moral theory that advocates actions that promote overall happiness or pleasure and rejects actions that cause unhappiness or harm. A utilitarian philosophy, when directed to making social, economic, or political decisions, aims for the betterment of society. “The greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people” is a maxim of utilitarian.
Communicating Ethically Character, Duties, Consequences, and Relationships Second Edition William W. Neher Paul J. Sandin
Utilitarianism philosophy is associated with Jeremy Bentham and John Stewart Mills, two towering British philosophers, and political thinkers. John Stewart Mill was a philosopher, an economist, a senior official in the East India Company and a son of James Mill. Mill is most well-known for his 1848 work, “Principles of Political Economy,” which combined the disciplines of philosophy and economics and advocated that population limits and slowed economic growth would be beneficial to the environment and increase public goods. He is also known for his earlier work, “System of Logic,” which outlined the methods of science and how they can be applied to social mechanics. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/j/john-stuart-mill.asp
Jeremy Bentham, jurist and political reformer, is the philosopher whose name is most closely associated with the foundational era of the modern utilitarian tradition. Earlier moralists had enunciated several of the core ideas and characteristic terminology of utilitarian philosophy, most notably John Gay, Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, Claude-Adrien Helvetius and Cesare Beccaria, but it was Bentham who rendered the theory in its recognizably secular and systematic form and made it a critical tool of moral and legal philosophy and political and social improvement. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/bentham/
Strengths and Weaknesses of Utilitarianism:
• Happiness — It seems right that happiness is given intrinsic value. How can happiness be a bad thing?
• Harm – Utilitarianism seems to be in line with our intuitions that harming people is intrinsically wrong.
• Greatest good – It does follow from the above that the right course of action is the one that leads to the most happiness and least harm. It makes sense.
• Easy to use – Weighing up the positive and negative effects of our actions is straightforward – we learn to do this from our early childhood onwards. Anyone can apply the principle of utility.
• Secular – Utilitarianism doesn’t rely on specific beliefs about God
• Other goods – ‘Happiness’ is not the only thing that is of intrinsic worth. For example, love, human life, freedom.
• The ends do not justify the means – Imagine I killed one healthy person and gave their organs to save five others. The balance of happiness over harm supports doing this, but we know that it is not right.
• Unpredictable – You cannot know what is going to happen in the future, so it is wrong to base our ethical choices on what may or may not come about in the future.
• Immeasurable – You cannot assign a value to an amount of pleasure. It is impossible to compare the pleasure of getting a new job with the joy of having sex or the satisfaction of washing your car.
• People cannot be trusted – If you get rid of rules and allow people to choose to act in the greater good, they will act selfishly, then try to justify their actions by claiming they were in the greater good. https://getrevising.co.uk/grids/strengths_and_weakness_of_utilitarianism
On Christmas day (2002) in Burbank Ca. I was presented with the slit second choice. I turned the corner entering my block and encounter an oil sleek making my car hard to control. I could either drive my car into a parked van or hit a group of children playing in the street. The choice was not hard to make.