By spending some of the best years of my life (physically speaking) copiously studying in school, I learnt one thing about work: ‘As long as it’s legal and it makes money, it’s good.’ That’s all. That’s all the sense of ethics Greek schools teach with regards to work, and I suspect it isn’t just Greek schools. And when somebody then independently searches for political affiliation through political parties and the media, that selfish perspective easily evolves into ‘as long as my boss makes money, it’s good, as I’m depended on him’ or maybe into ‘nobody should make money, as I can’t either’, or into other such theories. The driving force is supposed to be need of reward (for money or status), not to offer something. And that need -if not satisfied- can easily evolves into a whip, later on.
Now, when I talk about ethics I don’t mean those ‘right’ things one ought to do, and those ‘wrong’ things what ought to not do, so as not to get punished. Pushment has brought about twisted ideas about ethics and excuses to act unethicaly, as ethics became unethical.
Ethics is related to the greatest benefit and the greatest harm one can cause to himself as well as to all others, as well to everything else in any country, galaxy, universe. The more the benefit and the less the harm, the more ethics. And visa versa, the more the harm and the less the benefit, the less ethics. And of course what is beneficial for one, might be harmfl for another, so all should be understood and taken into account.
So you see that to make money, is not necessarily an ethical activity. It can be, but it doesn’t have to. If you sold junk for a price, even if that junk was legal, it would backfire at you, even if not legally.
‘By nature’, as a rule of the game of life, one is meant to be as ethical as possible, and one -if he even knows his own will- actually wants to. To be unetical is part of not knowing, not being oneself, and you could also call that insanity. So you see, that so called ‘normality’ might as well include ‘insanity’. For ‘normality’ is a term invented by (few) men.
It can be very therapeutic for a man whose life goes haywire, to sit and find if and what he routinely causes that harms more than benefits himself as well as others. One cannot allow himself to be well, while such conditions exist. As one doesn’t follow his own true will, his ethical will, he will find ways to alarm himself, so that he will realize that. He will cause trouble to himself, even via others.
I think when salaries get low and economies worsen, it’s because people should get a message; and untill they get the right message, that’s what will be happening. I for one think nobody should succeed by working for/supporting unethical business, leave alone by being unethical himself. That’s too fake and opposite, and I don’t think anybody truly wants to do it, either.
‘Holy work’ that is always ‘right’, is no excuse, either. ‘Work’ could mean to work for the mafia too. We can make work a self determined way to offer and to co-operate with each other. It’s 2016, time to end slavery?