Here's the thing....

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."-Jack Kerouac

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Close-mindedness and Ethics (Blog #9)

So, this past week in class has been interesting.

I fully agree with what Lambiase has said all semester, and especially what she said last wednesday. This is an ethics class, one used to make us think, where the constraints of society do not limit us to what we believe we can achieve, even when "everyone else is doing it." You know what? Who cares what everyone else is doing? Who is to say what we can or can not do, ESPECIALLY if it is right?

It is NOT right for an alcohol company to offer money to MADD. I don't care that they want to donate money, that is great. The point is the conflict of interest- what type of image would MADD be portraying if they accepted the money? I think it all goes back to the fact that I hate capitalism, and think that pure capitalism does not work. In a money driven by society, we feel that it is our right to accept whatever money is offered to us, especially if we are a non-profit. In a society where credibility should mean everything, its instead the money that defines who we are.

Before we start pointing fingers at others, perhaps we should look at ourselves, and what WE can change. We sometimes have no say over what other people do, but we are the change that we define in ourselves. If we take that one step, others will follow. We are not perfect, but we do have a say in how we live our lives.

As PR professionals, it shouldnt be looked at as "saving the world." We are the representation of companies and of people. We should have the highest standard of ethics out of anyone. Before pointing our fingers at the organization, lets look at ourselves for once- what can we do to change the system? It's not set in stone, and we should not be taught that it is. That is close-mindedness, and it should not be tolerated.

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