First Blog Post
1) If many problems of our world are actually structural issues, like war, marriage or the metropolis, how does an individual solve the problem?
Answer: The individual must possess the sociological imagination. We must look past our personal troubles and trace the linkage among all individuals’ troubles. These issues are structural, but they are made up of a bunch of individual troubles combined. Therefore, in order to resolve these problems, one must understand the connection between the individual and society, history and biography.
2) In Business ethics, why can trust be thought of as a ‘double-edged sword?
Answer: When you think of business ethics in general, usually a business is ethical for its costumers to trust them and start a relationship with them. A costumer will usually trust a business based on past history and if their ethical standards match up. In this sense, trust is a good factor of business ethics. It benefits the customer and the business. But as seen in the financial crisis of 2008, trust in a business does not always yield favorable consequences. In the article, it mentions that many of these companies and organizations were ones that we trusted and that were supposed to protect us; but they let us down and acted unethically. If you think about it, a business can put on a ‘face’ of being ethical and gain trust and support from many people but then results in unfavorable consequences. The financial crisis showed that trust can also be harmful in business ethics.
3) If people view ethics and morality as a social norm, why are there ethical issues in our society?
Answer: The problem with a social norm is that it is commonsense for a certain society. And not everyone in that society may agree with the norm. It brings us back to the concept that a society is made up of a bunch of different individuals. Similar to above where structural problems are made up of individuals’ troubles combined. Therefore, after doing some research, Dr. Resnik says that is about interpreting these social norms. It requires research of ethics and to adhere to ethics in research. Therefore, providing a public display of support for ethics and research. http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/resources/bioethics/whatis/