Friday, May 4, 2012

The Best Ethical Philosophy

For my last post of my collegiate career, I would like to talk about my favorite ethical philosophy. The Judeo-Christian Persons as Means philosophy is my favorite ethical practice. By definition, this philosophy states that "one should love thy neighbor as they would themselves. The reason I like this practice so much is because it is the practice that should be used everyday by every person, business, and corporation. The practice is the best because it truly is the only one of the five practices that is both ethically and morally right.

I just finished a case study over Apple and their recent crisis with their supplier Foxconn. After the evaluations were made over the audits that the Foxconn factories had to go through, Apple was appalled. The organization went up in arms and said that they would not do business with those that treat humans so poorly. Then to top it off, Apple put on its home website a supplier code of conduct that it expects all of its suppliers to follow. This case study was truly the best example of the Judeo-Christian philosophy and should be studied by all. Apple truly showed love and compassion towards its neighbors.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Marine Sergeant Discharged for Facebook Comment About Obama

Last week Sgt. Gary Stein of the United States Marine Corp was given an "other than honorable" discharge for a comment he posted on Facebook about President Obama. Stein's message on Facebook read, "Screw Obama. I will not follow all orders from him." He later remarked that he meant that he would not follow unlawful orders from the president. Stein served the country for nine years and said he no one could take the title of "Marine" away from him. Stein seemed most troubled by how just a few words ended his military career as well as affected his military benefits. His lawyer is now trying to appeal the judgment.

When one serves for the armed forces of the United States they take an oath stating that they will follow as well as respect all given orders by the Commander in Chief. However, this situation really has issues with Stein's First Amendment rights. Stein should be allowed to say whatever he wants about the president as long as it isn't life threatening. I think the major problem and why Stein was discharged was because he did not make these comments among a group of friends but instead posted it on a social media site for the entire world to see.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Orlean Saints: An Unethical NFL Team

Recently the New Orleans Saints were charged by the NFL Commission of giving bounties to defensive players that hurt other opposing players. The bounties were given in different amounts of bonuses with the biggest bonuses coming from taking out opposing team quarterbacks. Some allegations date back 5 years and include playoff games against quarterbacks Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals and Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints head coach has been fined $500,000 and the defensive coordinator has been fired.

It would seem that hitting players as hard as you can would be okay in the professional sports like the NFL but it's not like the "old days." Today retired players are fighting injuries (concussions and broken bones) that in some cases have been life threatening. It's one thing to tackle a player as best as possible but not with the intent to seriously injure. The Saints have disgraced the NFL for doing what was done. In all, the organization is very unethical and it will be a long road to recovery after what they have done.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dallas Cowboys Stabbing: Harmony Over Truth

An issue that occurred 10 years ago is re-emerging back into the public eye, but now with a new story. In 2002, at a training camp in Wichita Falls, Texas, for the Dallas Cowboys a player received a large gash in his neck and was said to have occurred because of horseplay. According to local sources and those involved in the event Offensive Lineman Everett McIver was stabbed by teammate Michael Irvin, leaving a "blood-shooting" two-inch gash in his neck. The original story given by the Dallas Cowboys and Owner Jerry Jones was, "No comment. It was an internal issue and was solved internally."

After recently hearing the truth now rising to the surface, one would ask why it wasn’t given a decade ago. Harmony over truth is the answer to this question. Irvin was a starting player and was already on probation for drug possession. If the truth would have emerged, Irvin would have been suspended for the season and could have faced serious jail time. Knowing this, Jones thought it would be a better idea to keep the issue quiet and pay off McIver rather than lose a starting player and receive bad press over the issue.

Was the issue handled correctly? No, not morally but ethically it was for the Dallas Cowboys. Although the organization covered up an actual violent crime, they were doing what was best to keep the harmony among the organization which in some cases was better than the truth.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Eat Meat: Save the Animals

In today's society, there has been an ongoing issue over whether eating meat is the ethical thing to do. Although there are good points from both sides of the argument, eating meat is truly the best thing to do for the wildlife.

The way that society is advancing and developing in such as fast rate, it is leaving less and less available land for wildlife to live on. When land becomes scarce, so does the food that these animals eat. Now growing and managing livestock is a totally different story, but hunting and fishing for wildlife is really actually helping keep the animal wildlife population at high numbers. You see, when hunters do not hunt these animals, the populations grows but at too high of rate for the current environment to support them. With less land space and more animals, the competition for food becomes a literal life or death situation. The animals fight for the food sources so much but still receive so little because of the high numbers of competition eating the same sources. In the end, the animals become emancipated and eventually die during the winter months or of starvation and disease. Keep animals alive; eat meat!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Against the Law to Talk About the Bible Publicly?

A California reverend was  arrested last year for reading the Bible out loud in front of a DMV building. The charge was that he was intimidating the public (those waiting to get inside the DMV) by making them listen to God's word. The case has now become part of public concern because of the media and that the case is now in trial.

Reverend Mark Mackey of the conservative Christian church, Calvary Chapel Hemet, said all he was doing was using his First Amendment right of freedom of speech in a public place. He went on to say, “You can talk about anything you want, but you can’t talk about the Bible.”

The reason he was arrested, was that he was forcing and intimidating those waiting to get inside of the not yet opened DMV, said constitutional attorney Dan Conaway. He went on by saying that he was creating an intimidating situation for those just wanting to renew their driver's license.

However, what has this great nation come to that now our First Amendment laws are being violated more and more with regards to freedom of speech. This right is protected and should be respected by law enforcement. The DMV was not even open for business yet so they had no right to arrest him in the first place. If Mackey would have been preaching or ranting about anything else, most likely nothing would have happened to him. But since he was speaking about God and the Bible, he was treated as a criminal and arrested for his beliefs. I hope this wakes up the people of America and for them to start fighting for the rights that this country was born on and stop letting those rights slowly slip away. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Human Hotspots Acceptable?

A marketing program aimed at both bettering the 4g Wi-Fi service in Austin, TX, along with helping out the homeless at the same time went into effect this past weekend. It is one of the most unethical things ever done to humans and should be stopped.

What happened was that a global marketing agency, BBH, gave about 13 people Wi-Fi devices as well as t-shirts stating their name and that they were 4g hotspots. Each homeless person was paid $20 upfront and then $50 for every six hours of promotion. It has brought many controversial issues among different organizations including several human rights organizations. The term most used by these organizations is "exploitive." This marketing company has taken human beings and turned them into electronics.

I absolutely agree that this is beyond the morals and values that this country was built on. These humans, homeless or not, should not be treated in the way that this company is treating them. Although they are being paid for their time and promotion, it is unethical. If homeless people are being turned into electronic devices, then what is next? Human computer chips?