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Morality Differs From Ethics

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Posted by Richard Ruquist on July 10, 2002 16:40:35 UTC

Dear Whittier,

As you say, morality is a personal choice associated most often with behavior in private: whereas ethics is more like a code of public behavior.

So the current state of the US economy and stock market is suffering because of weak ethics at the top of corporations. But I expect that these CEOs for example are quite moral.

In some posts below it is being said that Clinton was immoral and therefore unfit to lead the USA. Actually his moral behavior was not very different from many of our Presidents who were great leaders. It used to be considered a private matter.

But what we see now is unethical behavior. We are expecting the administration to cure our corporate ethics problem when almost all of them have been similarly unethical in the same ways in the past.

Personally, I prefer an ethical leadership to a moral one, if there is to be a choice. Of course, combined ethics and morality is preferred to the absence of either one.

Regards,

Richard

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