I'm working on a project exploring professional ethics and hope you'll come along for the journey. It will be helpful for my thought process to share ideas in the supportive environment of my blog community. I would welcome your thoughts in the form of comments below or if you would prefer anonymity, reply to the email I send out with my blog content and your comments will come directly to me.
What exactly is ethics? According to the English Oxford Dictionary, ethics is the "moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an activity". The challenge in any discussion of ethics is that we all have different moral principles. These moral principles are conceived internally but develop primarily from our earliest observations of the actions of others around us.
Moral principles are further developed through some form of spiritual belief. Moral principles lie within each of us. How else can you explain the criminal behaviour often observed in priests, teachers and others in positions of moral authority who should in principle adhere to the moral standards of their religion or profession but act otherwise?