For some people the keeping within the law is a strategy game where one studies the rules and risks. For others the moral implications are more important. Ethics can be seen as the glue that holds society together- the essential factor that makes it possible for many people to live in close proximity without having war break out (at least that’s the objective). So do we follow the law only as necessary to minimize risk of punishment or to make a coherent workable community?
Strange mix this week studying Steve Jobs’ words of wisdom as well as Kant and the categorical imperative. Tim Cook said that one of the last words of advice Steve Jobs gave was “Just do what’s right.” Kant indicates we should decide what to do based on what would happen if our action was applied universally. If we lie, what will happen if everyone lies? Somehow this seems to me close to Jobs’ advice- do the right thing. Thoughts? Quotes? How to you decide on ethics? Remember- all quotes must be original.