- Dustin Boyd
- Bentonville, AR
- United States
Required ethics courses (keep reading the explanation to see how I would define ethics) for everyone, focused on peer to peer learning.
I believe that all of our problems as a human society can be greatly curved if everyone were required to think ethically during their adolescent years. Ethics courses should be a requirement in schools, just like history, or math class.
Now, let me explain what ethics are NOT (My interpretation). (1) Ethics can never be a hard set of rules that everyone is expected to follow. Any dispute, disagreement, or misunderstanding is unique to itself in some way. (2) Ethics are not morals. The morals I hold come from my environment and the people who influence my life through the years. A few of your morals may differ from mine, and we may never see eye to eye on some things. Example: Republicans vs. Democrats.
What ethics ARE (or, what can be universally learned): (1) Realizing and accepting the fact that another individual may have different morals and core beliefs than you. AND, furthermore, accepting the fact that just because one feels differently than you do, doesn't necessarily make either of you "wrong". (2) Finding a way to put yourself in someone else's shoes and attempt to feel how they feel, especially when you can't seem to understand how and why this other individual "can't get what you are saying through their thick skull." To go back to what I said before, one's unique environment, among other things, help shape their moral code. (3) Never forgetting that EVERY life is just as important as the next. It is so true, that everything we do, no matter how big or small, has some kind of impact on more than just one's self. This would be especially useful for our global political figures to study up on.
If you watch (TEDtalk) John Hunter on the World Peace Game, you can see how young children find out for themselves how to treat others in a fashion that is extremely admirable. I believe that EVERY person wants to be a contribution to society, and not a burden, or evil villain, but we need to allow everyone to educate themselves, through learning from their peers.