Today’s lesson was quite an interesting lesson. It is about ethics from different countries and how they apply to their daily lives.
The first country to introduce about the ethic is China. The famous and respected scholar, Confucius, created rules of ethics in order to teach everyone the way of being a humanitarian. I like one of his many quotes: “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.” This clearly refers to the villains and bullies. They had the fun of disturbing or hurting other people but when these unpleasant actions are being done on them, they dislike it as well. For the ethics in Persia, Zarathustra declared 3 actions in order to be a humanitarian: good thoughts, good words and good deeds. Although I doubt having good words mean you are good person but I believe having good thought and deeds will view you as a good persona as action speaks louder than words. Finally in Japan, most the Japanese are very humble, hospitality and respectful to their customers and foreigners.
Professor Evangelos’ colleague shared his experience during his studies in Japan. There was one time where he had to fill up forms to create a visa but the forms are in Japanese language and the prefecture does not know how to speak English. So she gave him another form that is written in English to allow him to understand the form. 3 days later, on Sunday, the prefecture came to his house with bags of fruits, a box of chocolate cake and the forms he filled up on that day. The reason is he has to fill up another form and the prefecture forgot to inform him about it. So in order to redeem for not fulfilling her role, she bought gifts for him to apologize for her forgetfulness. The prefecture’s responsibilities and passionate to her work and client is definitely a good role model for everyone has it is their duty and responsible to serve their client. In my country, I can clearly see some of the workers do not have any responsibilities or care about the welfare of their clients. I really hope they can learn from what the Japanese prefecture did.
Throughout the lesson, I notice that the ethics from 3 different countries share the same point, which is the way of being a successful humanitarian. However, different countries have their own way of applying the ethics. For example, China has many dynasties during ancient times, so each dynasty has their own way to apply ethics. This applies the same for the Persians and Japanese. It is just like the content is the same but the package us different.
Now, most countries had united, the ethics apply to everyone must be the same. I am still trying my best to follow the ethics to be a humanitarian.
During tutorial, my classmates were given a situation where one of the rules is always bringing ID card with you is stated clearly in the notice boards and our student guide book. However, there is one student who fails to do so and as a result, that student was given a 2 demerit points from the teacher. Feeling frustrated, the student complain to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC). The question is, is it ethical for the teacher to give demerit points and the students to complain to the DVC.
In my point of view, it is reasonable and ethical for the teacher to give the student without their ID card a 2 demerit points as the rule for always bringing your ID card is stated clearly on the notice board and in their student guide book. However, the teacher can be a bit merciful by giving them a chance since it is the first day of school and nobody wish to have a negative feeling for their first day. As for the student, it is not ethical for them to complain straight to the DVC as their fault is not remembering or ignore the rules given. The teachers are not to be blame as they are doing their job as a teacher. Instead of complaining, they can beg for forgiveness and promise the teacher that they will bring their ID card from today onwards.
We should follow the rules given by the authority for a stable community. Should there is a rule we dislike; we should discuss the matter properly to avoid unnecessary conflict.
Reflective Diary – Week 4 – Tuesday, 5th February 2013