Perhaps we could start by holding people to higher standards than currently happens, and making them legally accountable for their actions if they don't
COMPROMISE IS ROT!On @Ravers' thread about the decline of Britain I have suggested that the decline in integrity is a major societal problem. This of course leads to questions like what it is, why does it matter, and what can be done to encourage it?
Integrity can mean something such as the structure of a ship or an aircraft being sound and strong enough to resist stresses. It can be used to indicate that data held by computer are accurate and reliable. Applied to the individual, it means a number of things including honesty, reliability, having moral standards, and sticking to those standards, even in difficult circumstances. I suppose it is the polar opposite of hypocrisy. One of the things is that someone's actions would stand up to investigation - and that a person seeks to do the right thing, according to their own moral values or the values of society, an organisation they are part of, or whatever, and not the easy thing.
It matters because doing the right thing seems to be less valued than it was. Doing the easy thing and jumping on bandwagons seems to take priority. I am not saying everyone must think like me, or the majority, or act 100% correctly at all times. Far from it - I am a great believer in the concept of bounded rationality and accept that people often have limited knowledge and experience - so they do their best. However, I expect people to do as they say, or to tell the truth to the best of their ability.
In short - it is a matter of trust. Doing the right thing even if there is nobody looking....
Can it be encouraged? I think penalising deliberate liars and cheats, whether or not they commit criminal offences, has to be a good think. I would like to see more wrong doers from public life being charged with Misconduct in Public Office.
What do you think?
I do not think that is unique to capitalism. Cover ups and a obsession with secrecy were features of Communism - and all heirachial systems. Toxic cultures are characterised by the promotion of a self serving clique.Welcome to the world of Capitalism...
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It's not dissimilar to the situation the USSR had with Chernobyl.The current COV!D-19 pandemic beings the integrity issue to the fore. If the Chinese authorities had been open about the outbreak from the start, everyone, including the people in China, would be better off. Thousands of lives would not have been lost, and possibly millions of livelihoods ruined...
One similarity is that anyone who tried to flag up concerns about the bio-safety of the Wuhan Virology Institute was speaking out against the power of the Communist autocracy, just like people who expressed concerns about the experiments happening at Chernobyl.It's not dissimilar to the situation the USSR had with Chernobyl.
...A lot of people criticise religion, but I think the decline of morality and civic virtue goes hand-in-hand with the decline of ecclesia. If people aren't taught about the importance of mercy, kindness and decency then the only thing left is the law of tooth and claw, and that seems to be where we find ourselves today.
Having experienced a cover up culture I can see where you are coming from. Sadly it only takes a few individuals lacking integrity and moral courage to derail things.I have a theory relating to having 2 inept people in the chain of command, or it's civilian equivalent. If you're sat below them, it's almost impossible to get past them if it's not in their interest. I have recent experience of 3 people in the chain which led to possibly the most toxic working environment I have ever had the pleasure of serving in. When the offenders integrity is in question, you've got no chance of putting a complaint in without going through pain that is probably not worth it.
Agreed, and to make life more difficult, if you're going to whistle blow, your facts need to be perfect, and corroborated by others willing to stick their head above the parapet. All whistle blowers need clean records and be above reproach. It's completely understandable why you wouldn't want to take the "system" on.Having experienced a cover up culture I can see where you are coming from. Sadly it only takes a few individuals lacking integrity and moral courage to derail things.
Too many systems lack the checks and balances to ensure the integrity of information. Information seems to be treated as fact because someone said so.