Ethics….it’s not just for college students.

Ethics…sounds like a simple word, but in truth it can be very vast.  It is what should guide us in the work that we do and in the life that we live.  It is the compass we use to make decisions and the light we use to find our path. It is part of what separates us within the animal kingdom.

The word “ethics” is defined by http://dictionary.reference.com in four different ways:

  1. A system of moral principles (the ethics of a culture)
  2. The rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc. (medical ethics; Christian ethics)
  3. Moral principles, as of an individual (His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence)
  4. That branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.

Ethics are a body of moral principles or values that govern or are distinctive of a particular culture or group.  We, as individuals, have our own ethics, or moral code that we live by, often governed by our society or social group.  Our own moral code, or ethical belief, is what aligns us to specific groups or moves us away from others.  To put it simply, it defines who we are and who we strive to be.

When an individual is looking to join a paranormal team, they often gravitate towards a group that they feel shares their same beliefs.  This is also important in aligning one group with another; each group must feel comfortable with the other’s ethical practices to truly work together effectively and in harmony.  This brings to mind my previous blog on Paranormal Unity.  Unless there is a universal Code of Ethics that all paranormal teams believe in and follow true unity will never be possible.  To be honest, there are groups out there for whom ethics are just not important.  Now I am not saying that all groups have to believe the same things, I just think there needs to be a base code that is followed in which the safety of the client and the team is paramount.

I am sure you are now asking yourself….what should this code include.  Stay tuned as I am going to continue to explore this topic in future blogs.

MGHTeresa

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