The recent trial of the former Illinois governor Blagojevich to the indictment of baseball great Roger Clemens continue to demonstrate a lie is still a lie and there is a lot of lying going on in business ethics, congressional ethics as well as in life. Of course, the irony here is that many others lie every day especially at the U.S. Federal level including Congress and the Presidency and get away with it. They face no jail time such as Martha Stewart did or other private citizens. Of course once in a while, one will be actually jailed for his or her lies especially if the follow the money could be documented, but these cases appear few and far between.
As long people continue to elect and support individuals who lie even if it has not been determined to be a felony, the American public and more importantly the American economy will continue to suffer. What appears to have happened in somewhere during the last 50 years, the talent intelligence of common sense has left the building just like Elvis.
I am reminded of an old expression my father used with me. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is probably a duck.
The majority of business people and people in general I believe are honest. Some do have higher levels of honesty than others who have taken to unethical behaviors such as plagiarizing the works of others. Yet with all the lies in Congress and the ability to get away with it does appear to becoming far more prevalent than in years gone by and even more unfortunately expected.
When we hear even honest people speak, we are being conditioned to think they are lying. Again, the talent intelligence of using common sense is not being actively practiced. The only negative aspect of all of this lying is not willing to confront those who are engaged in this deceitful behavior because that suggests being judgmental.
Maybe this is the desired result of all those who practice “selective judgmentism” By refraining from being judgmental, we no longer feel comfortable calling a liar a lair. Instead we need to think carefully and intently about what we may have just seen or heard and believe another possible explanation. “Selective judgemtism” is practiced proficient liars as an offensive strategy.
So what are your thoughts about lies, damn lies and business ethics?
P.S. Here is an article to determine if your boss is lying.