Question 1 as it relates to how religion impacts business ethics. For Question 2, I addressed how the Golden Rule impacts me. While I am not always aware that my decision-making is likely based on my religious beliefs, I understand more now on how this is likely the case. Therefore, I would say ‘no’ to my answers not changing. Do you believe in absolute truth? Is there more than one way/religion to understanding absolute truth about God and the meaning of life? I am not sure about absolute truth as it can encompass different avenues, such as morality or scientifically. According to Backman (2013), there is likely absolute truth, but it is “far less accessible” than one might understand. Backman (2011) gives the example of gravity: it is a truth that gravity exists, but how does it exist. I believe there is more than one way to understand God and life. It is about interpretation of the individual. According to Misak (2016), individuals
PERSONAL WORLDVIEW & BUSINESS ETHICS 4 determine a standard for themselves, which leaves interpretation of God and life up to an individual. One may think that the Bible is an absolute truth, while another makes only use it as a guideline, but not necessarily follow it to the letter of the law. Do you believe that humans have free will in their decisions, or are they entirely a product of their personal environment, circumstances, upbringing, etc. I do believe humans have a free will to a point as a conscious decision. For example, I can be taught that it is okay to drink a beer while driving home from work; however, as I investigate my own developed morals and values, I now consider this to be wrong. In this specific scenario, I have developed my own ability to make a decision that seems to be free of influence. This could be considered a moral “free will.” Are things such as true love, beauty, and justice really possible, or are those values totally determined by cultural beliefs and norms? These are concepts driven by cultural beliefs and norms. True love is a product of fiction writing to make others look towards a happy relationship. Beauty is most definitely in the eye of beholder. Justice is determined by a moral set of laws and values. While these things are intangible in the mind, they have also evolved over time. For example, most true love is found in works of fiction and entertainment. Beauty changes as society changes. Justice, if following government-mandated legal rulings, can change based on cultural beliefs, such as the rights of non-whites in early America. STEP 2 Have your answers to any of the last questions changed after reading article 2?
PERSONAL WORLDVIEW & BUSINESS ETHICS 5 Article 2 made me dig deeper into my own personal definitions regarding absolute truth, meaning of life, free will, and justice. Belief in God allows for free will, enabling decision making at the individual level, but also learning how to effectively communicate with others.
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