The Ethical Dilemma of Money and Responsibility

Everything in our societal structure requires money to function and enable livelihood. Devoid of money, an individual cannot flourish or explore the world. Money is the prerequisite for a secure living environment. Absent money, your life rests within the grasp of your employer.

Limited Choices in the Hierarchy of Work

In the class hierarchy, limited options for work persist for those further down the ladder. The majority lacks the financial freedom to pick employers. They accept what comes their way. If the employer happens to be a significant contributor to environmental pollution, individuals are rendered bystanders with no means to instigate change.

Ethical Questioning of Business Practices

The responsibility falls on businesses; many operate in ways I find ethically questionable. From financial institutions exploiting individuals with loans to food producers adding harmful preservatives, ethical concerns arise. These businesses prioritize profit over the well-being of consumers.

A Shared Accountability

Blaming individuals for consumption patterns is misguided and unjust. The onus should not solely rest on the average person. Instead, we must examine the larger systems at play, particularly capitalism.

The Impact of Capitalism

Capitalism’s premise allows one party to exploit another due to vulnerabilities, impacting individuals and their access to necessities. It’s a ceaseless pursuit of profit that neglects our planet’s natural resources.

The Call for Comprehensive Change

What can be done collectively to address these issues? Gradual changes in individual behaviour may help, but the onus should not solely be on the average person. Protests, while a resort, often yield limited impact.

Society’s Divide and Environmental Neglect

Society is divided, with workplaces often upholding antiquated rules and neglecting planetary concerns. The environment takes a back seat to profit, impacting the well-being of individuals and the planet.

The Role of Spirituality and Values

As society distances itself from religion, a void must be filled. Spirituality doesn’t necessitate belief in a higher power. Instead, non-religious rituals and a connection to nature can foster a deeper bond with our planet.

A Call for a Caring Society

A comprehensive moral transformation is imperative. The government should foster a caring society to assist impoverished people, and businesses should empower individuals rather than exploit them.

Recommended Reading:

  1. “The Case for Business in Developing Economies” by Fred Nasen
  2. “The Ethics of Banking: Conclusions from the Financial Crisis” by Dennis M. Kelleher
  3. “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health” by Marion Nestle
  4. “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” by Anand Giridharadas

Acknowledgement

This article was crafted with ChatGPT, an AI language model, to ensure clarity and coherence in the content.