OK, now this is the kinda malarkey that gets me all hot and bothered. Not because it’s shocking or monumental. It’s neither. In fact, it’s all too common and predictable, but it represents so much of what’s wrong in the world.
I made a conscious decision to abandon moral philosophy as a career path, and yet I find it rearing its ugly head at every turn. Back when I still had my sights set on a Ph.D. in the field, a friend in college once asked me, ‘Don’t you think that’s kinda up to everyone to figure out for themselves?’ He had a point, to be sure.
And yet, isn’t it time we demanded that all members of society recognize the ripple effects of their actions? Before I particpate on any level, don’t I need to acknowledge and accept that my moral convictions–or lack thereof–may have a strong negative impact on the members of my community. And when my circle of influence is measured in the 10s or 100s of millions, haven’t I clearly crossed the line between inalienable personal liberties and imperative social responsibility? In these cases, ‘No.’ ‘No, I don’t think that’s kinda just up to everyone to figure out for themselves.’ As rational and just beings, we must insist that freedom and accountability be served in equal parts. And if corporate entities are to be treated as individuals, then they must be held to the spirit of stringent social contracts as well.
As if it wouldn’t be hard enough for Joe Blow to wade his way through the knee-high bullshit around him without the experts taking bribes to present intelligent-looking scientific research. Goodness gracious.
(via The Situationist)