Ethics of Past Decades Can't Help Us in the New Century

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Amazing interviews with individuals from all walks of life who faced serious ethical challenges and made strong character-based decisions. A book that will stimulate and encourage everyone concerned for our society and its future.

In the days prior to 9/11 and in the days since, our society has had to face a number of realities – not all of them pleasant. We had and still have an ethical crisis in our society.

Character seems most frequently to be the definition of “a person portrayed in an artistic piece, such as a movie or TV show.” Few people appear to look at character as “a distinguishing feature or attribute of an individual or group – their moral or ethical strength as shown through a person's attributes, traits, or abilities.” It is certainly time that we took a more responsible look at the second definition.

When the first edition of In Search of Ethics came out back in early 2001, it was thought that the book couldn't be coming at a better time. Relatively speaking, that may have been correct. However, since all things are relative at any given time, it appears the second edition couldn't be coming out at a better time as well. One wonders what that really says about our society. The ethics of the last century cannot sustain us if we plan on surviving this new century.

Do we have an ethics crisis going on? Well, take a look at the new words and phrases that have joined the common lexicon – often with shocking meanings: 9/11, Enron, weapons of mass destruction, Gary Condit, Al-Qaeda, wardrobe malfunction, Jayson Blair, Jason Giambi and Rafael Palmeiro, Paris Hilton, Osama bin Laden, BALCO, Scott Peterson, performance enhancing drugs, WorldCom, and Armstrong Williams. Even older, well-known names, words and phrases found themselves being used in new and ways: Martha Stewart, oil for food, Arthur Andersen, anthrax, lip synching, Halliburton, consensual sex, Kobe Bryant, liberal bias, CBS, Dan Rather, cloning, spam, Jose Canseco, and Tyco. We saw educators and coaches with fraudulent degrees and collegiate sports stars suspended for violations of NCAA rules including excessive partying, driving violations, grade fixing, illegal drug possession, even rape. While one can find bastions of civility, the movement that degrades girls and women (at home, at school, in the media) seems to be alive and well and showing no signs of letting up and time soon.

Are there answers to this dilemma? Do solutions exist? The answer has to be "yes.” The question posed is: “Do you or I have the guts to live an ethical, character-based lifestyle?” The answer to this question, if our society is to survive the 21st century, had better be “yes.”

One way to get a good dose of ethics and character is to read the new edition of In Search of Ethics. Readers will find interviews and stories of real people who faced real ethical dilemmas and made hard choices that greatly impacted their lives. Among the amazing people interviewed are: Lockheed Martin CEO, Norman Augustine, General Fred Franks (Operation Desert Storm), Bea Gaddy (Baltimore's Ghetto Angel), US Olympic Gold Medallist, John Naber, Nancy Olivieri, MD (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto), Rose Marie Strause (Medical Secretary/Part-time waitress), and Mike Krzyzewski (the ever-popular basketball coach at Duke University)…to name a few.

These interviews can serve to support the efforts of parents, teachers, and corporate leaders across our land in their efforts to culturally pass along the importance of character, honor, humility, integrity, ethics, and moral fiber in everyday life.

It is mandatory reading by some of America's leading corporations and for cadets at West Point, and the choice of universities, individuals and families, and organizations looking for inspirational and encouraging real-life illustrations of character at work.

DC Press – 2445 River Tree Circle – Sanford, FL 32771

In Search of Ethics: Conversations with Men and Women of Character – ISBN 1-932021-11-6


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