Monday, July 22, 2013

Work and Ethics

It is a “Code of Conduct.” It is a “Philosophical Value System.” It is a “Series of Moral Standards.” If anybody were free to do anything he likes such that no one is bound to behave one way or another, if human persons themselves discards the mandates of reason and thus act as they altogether please,if members of a family, constituents of a community, and citizens of a country were at liberty to be moral, immoral or even amoral, then there would be chaos and confusion, division and animosity, disgust and hatred that make a family a futility, a community an impossibility, a country a folly. In other words, the disregard and consequent violation of ethics ultimately mean the confusion, contradiction, and destruction of humanity.

In general, it can be said the overall ethical rationale of work is rather simple and clear: “By the sweat of his brow shall a man eat,” says the Holy Book. In plain words, those who do not want to work, neither deserves food to eat, clothing to wear, shelter to stay in. This is wherefore in fact saying:

That work is in accords with the mental capacity and physical attributes of human agents who should wherefore adequately respond to the satisfaction of their basic corporal needs and their connatural yearning for a progressively better and more comfortable way of living.

That work is thus imperative for able individuals primarily for the purpose of earning a living, supporting themselves and enabling their dependents no merely to satisfy their physiological needs but also their educational requirements and value formation as rational and social human beings.

That work is the contradiction of the vice of indolence that in effect degrades human dignity and erodes legitimate human pride and self-esteem – not to mention many other unethical practices originating from the capital offence of demeaning sloth or ingrained laziness that dehumanizes.

So is it that the nature of the human person and the significance/relevance of work cannot really be over emphasized. The former is categorically very much more than a mouth to feed while the latter definitely means truly much more than merely earning a living. The former (human person) has a spirit to save, an intellectual to educate plus a will to mold. The latter (work) has an inherent ethical value and consequent human implications.

Among other things: Any kind of honest to goodness work is dignifying. Any honest and good worker is edifying. As man dignifies work, so does work dignifies man. So is it that the worker and the work complement one another. So is it that anyone who does not like to work, let him not also eat.