Ends, Means and Massages: 365ideas4change Number 79

I was part of delivering an ethics learning and development programme today. In one of the exercises, participants were given a position on an ethical issue and they had to defend that issue, whether it was ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, irrespective of whether they agreed with the position or not.

It was a fascinating exercise in imaginative justification! No matter what perspective was given, people were able to prove their point with absolute and utter conviction. Which is scary.

But is the ethical answer simply to tell the truth, at all times, always? What constitutes ‘the truth’. and should it be told if it will hurt people, innocent or otherwise? I am going to test this. I am going to pick a day, and be very conscious of everything I say – even more so than usual – and see what might constitute truth, what might constitute truth massaged and what might have happened differently if all my communication had been based on the ‘naked truth’.

Watch this space for the results of my little experiment…..

 

About Julie Courtnage

With training in environmental science, I facilitate 'naked conversations' about sustainable wellbeing. Using facilitation techniques, systems thinking, art, music, writing, movement and photography, we explore the active creation of our uniqueness - personal and collective, as individuals, organisations and society - and our relationships with others, with sustainable wellbeing, and with genuine happiness. This journey of creation is a journey of Love. And fun.
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