Given the lesson principles of this course, “Aloha” can be described as synonymous with the Golden and Silver rules of ethics. Aloha in its truest form is accurately described as “ Do (or don’t do) on to others as you would (would not) want others to do on to you”. According to the article, The Golden Rule of Morality, the author asserts that “the golden rule speaks of a person’s morally checked and calibrated attitude toward other people, and in this sense it is a concretization of the commandment of love” [Gus14]. In comparison to the traditional Hawaiiantranslation, “Aloha” is also a concretized as a commandment of love. In 2014, Hawai’i county Mayor Billy Kenoi delivered a message to the Hawai’i Tourism Industry, titled Authentic Aloha. Mayor Kenoi ‘s message spoke to the authenticity of Aloha,
THE ALOHA STATE OF MIND4stating that Aloha should be “viewed through a prism or lens of abundance” and expressed through our words and actions, not through a sense of competitiveness[Ken14]. In reference to the assignment question, “which rule do I live by personally?” I ALWAYS allow my culture to drive my actions, reflecting on “Aloha” or in comparison to this week’s lesson, the Golden/Silverrule. During my daily walks in live, my authenticity of the Aloha spirit is expressed in everything I do. Whether it is dealing with political sensitivity of international engagements and working with foreign militaries to the parenting of five beautiful kids, my Golden/Silver rules are expressed through my passion in culture. Unlike some of the other rules mentioned in this week’s lesson, the Golden/Silver rules are reflections of respect. The reason I choose to live by the Golden and Silver rules of ethics is because it is the moral equivalent to Aloha, providing a cultural connection to treat others in the way that I would want others to treat me. [Sag93]Question #2.The situation presented in the assignment presents various challenges. Included in the challenges are – to what level does reasonable moral standards exist. Obviously, there is no right or wrong answer because business recommendations made to Red Corp management are subjective to the moral compass of individuals conducting the analysis. Moral codes are established to aide advisors in their recommendations to the hiring agency, building a frameworkfor ethical decisions. Given this reason, the various codes should be further examined in order to draw a reasonable conclusion. In examination of a few moral codes presented in the assignment, the following elements are presented: Iron Rule.This theory expresses that one should “do on to others as you please, before they do on to you” [Sag93]. The iron rule is best understood as a “strike first” mentality,
THE ALOHA STATE OF MIND5inflicting damage on opposition forces before damage can be received. According to the article, A New Way To Think About The Rules To Live By, the iron rule can be described as one that promotes the advantage of a ruthless and powerful few against the interest of many [Sag93].