Is individual ethics a thing apart, or something that varies according to the situation?

Bond of Union by Maurits Escher
Some of history’s greatest philosophers, then, agree that wrongdoing tends to be motivated by self-interest. ... Although most assume that an immoral person is one who’s ready to defy law and convention to get what they want, I think the inverse is often true. Immorality is frequently motivated by a readiness to conform to law and convention in opposition to our own values. In these cases, it’s not that we care too little about others; it’s that we care too much. More specifically, we care too much about how we stack up in the eyes of others.

The desire to fit in is the root of almost all wrongdoing by Christopher Freiman in Aeon Magazine, 23 Feb 2017

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Goldenberg reviewed existing social-science research on vaccine hesitancy and came to the conclusion that the central argument is really a philosophic one. The public might not know much science, and might be bad at estimating relative risks, Goldenberg writes, but those facts don’t explain vaccine hesitancy. Her research found that many parents’ concerns about vaccines are similar ... they can’t quite mesh the goals of widespread, population-scale public health with their personal goals for their individual children.
  1. Parents who reject vaccination are making a rational choice – they prefer to put their children above the public good by Maggie Koerth-Baker in Aeon Magazine, 16 February 2016 and think about the issues in the article in terms of individual ethical values in relation to the ethical values of the individual's organization

... the inherent power of a code of ethics rises no higher than the collective moral character of those who subscribe to the code. Theoretically, a code of ethics sets guidelines for ideal behavior. However, in reality, it represents minimum standards of behavior.
  1. Starting on page 14, read the Making Ethical Decision: A Practical Model | John R. Schafer and ask yourselves if you agree with it, or if not, why not.

Boxill had more power than Gore, but she was found to have committed the same sin: doing her job. She was called on to keep athletes eligible under a system whose very nature undermined academic standards — standards that, as a faculty member, she was charged with upholding. Pulled in two different directions, she got burned by a voluminous paper trail. The university moved on, casting her aside after nearly 30 years of service, and left its adherence to the “amateur” myth in place.
  1. Read the The Confounding Case of Jan Boxill | Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education, 07 September 2021 and ask yourself what you might have done were you in the same situation

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El Derecho de vivir en Paz

There's a history in Chilean music and there's a lot to say about Victor Jara, but Rolling Stone hits some of the key points.

The love and justice songs of Chilean folk singer Victor Jara were apparently so threatening to the military leaders who staged the nation's 1973 coup that they had to murder him. After beginning his career in the theater, Jara took up songwriting as his country endured the social convulsions of the Sixties. He supported the Socialist presidential candidate Salvador Allende, who was overthrown from office by the Chilean right wing and later died under mysterious circumstances. Taken prisoner with thousands of others in a stadium that now bears his name, Jara was tortured; after they broke his hands, guards mocked the singer, ordering him to play guitar. Defiant, he sang a political anthem that translates as "We Will Win." For his insubordination, Jara was machine-gunned to death, his body dumped on a street outside Santiago. A few months later, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs headlined a benefit in Jara's name in New York.

And a current example: Chico Trujillo

Hailing from the city of Villa Alemana, the Valparaiso region of central Chile, frontman Aldo Asenjo (aka "Macha") and guitarist Antonio Orellana - both members of rock-ska band The Floripondio at the time - set up a new music project that focused on mixing the traditional sounds of Latin America with the more contemporary music they were playing. Although the pair experimented with the rhythms of the bolero, salsa and rumba - it was the Chilean-style of cumbia - with its clip-clop momentum, dance-fuelled rhythms and modest instrumental melodies that the guys particularly loved.

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