Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Morals and Manners

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Millions of people in our world are living in fear of other powerful monsters. Likewise, millions of employees live in similar conditions. Thus, these tormented people harbor resentment and negative feelings. “When people work in conditions of perceived unfairness and unkindness, they fall into self-protective mode. Like turtles, they crawl into their shells and hide. They’re not motivated to take positive risks, to dig deep inside to discover all their talents and bring those talents to bear in creative ways on the challenges of the corporate business. Their emotions are tinged by fear and resentment, and these negative feelings block the flow of positive emotional energy they could be putting to work in their daily activities.” (Tom Morris, p. 121)
For most humans, with the exception of a few, morals and manners are part of their daily lives. The famous saying “charity begins at home” serves greater good if observed by all. Good manners, helping the needy, being kind to relatives and neighbors and caring for parents should be the unbending observable pillar of everyone’s life. Humankind must learn to abhor belligerence of every kind. There are people who have no consideration for the rights of others. Ethics and morality have been in existence since time immemorial though there are millions who disregard respect for the law and for fellow human beings.

De-icing your feeble neighbor's car in sub-zero degree temperature, feeding the poor, assisting widows and orphans, partaking in fundraising activities, caring for your parents when they attain old age and not abandoning them in old age homes as is common in Western culture, raising a hale and healthy family, going the extra mile in pursuit of justice for the wronged, being patient when in a queue, respecting the opposite gender, and working as a volunteer without expecting anything in return are part of good morals and manners and a gateway to paradise in many religions.

Helping others as long as you are in good health determines who you are. Helping start a jammed neighbor’s car is an act of piety. You have been helped many times by strangers so why should you not be of help to others when they need you most. There are people who act surreptitiously or dodge when their assistance is sought. These types of people are charlatans. When they need help they shed crocodile tears.

Almost all educational institutions have rules and regulations that govern them. So are firms, associations, and organizations. Such rules are meant to instill peace and create harmonious working environments. Goodness is true nobility-Iphicrates. What is your understanding of morals and manners?

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