In today’s class, we all think about the way of how to keep our own ethics while surviving in this world. It happens everywhere and could be any time: your boss asks you to do something non-ethics. Although most people will feel uncomfortable, they still do it just because they don’t want to lose their job or they will not feel guilty. Most time they only break a small rule which seems would not trigger any negative impact at first. However, they will find that they are involved in a big case later which will induce serious consequence in the future. As the result of a serious of non-ethics behaviors which based on the former wrong choice, people who are trusting to luck already could never be out of the affair. I am wondering if one day their boss is sued by the non-ethics behavior and they will be responsible for the case as they are the direct actor, whether they will choose to do the “wrong” thing at the very beginning.
On the other hand, there are still many people will choose to say “no” to their boss when they feel what they do will break their moral standards. For example, when my Chinese advisor just began his career as associate professor, he joined in a big group following a famous professor to obtain experiences. As he gradually get to know more in this group, he found the moral standard of the professor was so different from him. My advisor finally decided to leave this group until he was asked to make money from providing basic technical knowledge to cooperative universities or institutes. My advisor did experience a long time of difficulty as he needed to apply for research funding without a powerful backup and he also got a problem of his promotion because of the “betray” to that professor. However, he never regret of his behavior and keep insisting his ethics standard and the way of treating people. Although some one feel he is unwise, my advisor had a lot of good friends both from food industry and our university support his research and respect him. Last year, he was promoted to professor and receives a new funding from a national project.
It is not easy to insist one’s ethic/moral standard without losing the job. However, we still could find a way survive in this society by following our heart.