Bioethics Discussion Blog: Jokes About Ethics and Exposing Its Cracks

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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Jokes About Ethics and Exposing Its Cracks

OK. This joke from the UK website awordinyoureye
is not about illness but about ethics. I can accept this without feeling upset.

Issy was the proud co-owner of the local dry cleaners. One day, during dinner, whilst he was finishing his chicken soup, his 9year old son Sam asked, "Dad, what’s ethics?"
Issy thought for a while, put down his spoon, looked at Sam and replied, "Okay, let's suppose someone comes into my shop and gives me his business suit to dry clean. Then suppose I find a £20 note in his trouser pocket?"
Sam looked expectantly at his father.
"So," Issy said, "to answer your question, Sam, do I tell my partner I found the money? That's ethics".


Do my visitors have any more jokes about ethics? Ethics deserves it! Remember, ethics should not necessarily be looked at as a perfect monolithic doctrine as some might think it is. Jokes about ethics might expose some of the cracks which would be therapeutic for this discipline. Right? ..Maurice.

1 Comments:

At Wednesday, September 23, 2009 7:27:00 PM, Blogger Matty Boy said...

On the great HBO show "The Wire", information comes to the police that a significant amount of money was being carried in a car that was impounded, but the arresting officers did not report it. Their commanding officer tells them they have until morning to produce the money.

The officers, Herc and Carver, not the cleanest guys in the Baltimore P.D., are up all night looking for the cash, which this time they actually did not take. In the middle of the extensive search, Carver gives Herc a vicious stare.

Herc, all injured pride, says "I would never steal and not tell you."

Same joke, different setting.

 

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