I think, but I cannot say, with any certainty, that at one point people felt that ethics and ethical behavior mattered. I’m sure I sound like a jaded, New Yorker. I am a New Yorker, afterall. But it may very well be that ethical behavior is on a slippery slope collision course with the world.
Here’s a little story. Many moons ago, two people a few years apart each sent a letter to a few powers that be about the behavior by another power-that-be that was unworthy of accolades. At least in their eyes. I know this sounds super abstract. Here’s the deal. The powers that be laughed, shrugged, and noted it wasn’t an issue. They felt that it was ok to not be completely honest. And, so the story goes. Before that, elsewhere a new director was installed overnight replacing a political appointee. She too was a political appointee married into a dynasty. She tried to make a difference. She listened. I was shocked. But while she made a small difference in the small people’s daily work lives, all that happened in the end was that the players got shifted around. The bad apples were allowed to keep doing their thing elsewhere. And, the little people wondered what was the point.
All that led people to wonder what csn it all amount to when you raise a flag, or sound an alarm? Do you start a fire if there’s no will to use or no water in the fire hydrant.
As Ice Cube once noted you better check yourself before you wreck yourself.