Thursday’s open line


Ethics is defined by answers.com as follows:

The science of human duty; the body of rules of duty drawn from this science; a particular system of principles and rules concerting duty, whether true or false [emphasis mine]; rules of practice in respect to a single class of human actions; as, political or social ethics; medical ethics.

Note that the words “good”, “bad”, “evil”, and other morally-charged terms are not used in the definition. Why? Because an ethics policy can only guarantee that a governing body will act consistently in anticipated sets of circumstances. Whether or not it will act for good or ill is a value judgment only we as individuals can make.

With that being said, is an ethics policy still worth the fuss, keeping in mind that just about every entity has one? State your opinion on this or anything else on today’s open line.