Personal Ethical Statement
In life, there are choices that people have to make. These choices determine who we are and who we become in the society. The decisions are often based on the ethical perspectives that we assume, as these are the moral fibers that guide us through our daily activities. Below is a discussion of my ethical statement. The reflection is more of a form of self discovery which I went through.
Personal Ethical Statement
My preferred ethical lens is the relationships in the community. This is where the value of patience applies in that one has to be accommodating enough and understanding to the people around. To attain this, there is the need to learn the people. Learning of the people takes much time, and this calls for patience. Furthermore, there are some traits in some people which might be hard to accommodate or understand. As such, patience plays a key role in enhancing the community relations. The blind spot in this case is that I can be quite over-agreeable. That is, I could at times think that I am working towards my patience while in the real sense; I am giving a loophole for other people to manipulate or take advantage of the patience.
This lens has quiet a lot of strengths that I can relate with. First of all, I am quite sociable, which makes it much easier to make friends, feel comfortable around people and get along with many, if not all of the people that I come across. It also gives me the ability to be quite understanding and compassionate, which counts towards good communal relationships. Flipping to the other side of the coin, the disadvantages are also present. For one, I could get manipulated by people who take advantage of the situation. They could take the patience and understanding as a point f weakness through which they can get their way around me.
Using this lens and the understanding of my personal ethics, I can face various situations. For instance, I take a case where I work as a counseling consultant. I then come across a client who has had a problem with addiction to drugs, which has driven him to a point where he has lost his family and feels that he is at the end of the road. However, as I go on with the counseling sessions, I come to the realization that there is something in the past of the individual which makes him stuck to the past. As such, he takes drugs in a bid to forget the past. I realize that in order to help the individual get over the problem and get re-integrated back into the community, there is the need to get over the past. I have to get the person to confide in me and tell me what happened, so that I can then help him face his ghosts, overcome them and get on with life. However, cultivating the confidence is not an easy task, and in as much as I might be in a hurry to get to the bottom of the matter, I would have to be patient and understanding enough to a point where the individual will have full confidence in me and express himself. Under such a circumstance, the ethical value would have helped me in dealing with the situation more effectively; taking time and doing things in the best way possible. From this realization, I gather that the ethical values actually affect my approach to different situations.