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…..