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Code of Ethics

Developing your own personal code of ethics is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. A personal code of ethics puts into writing those ideas and philosophies that are the essence of your life and allows you to say I will do this because I believe this. You operate within what you know and feel to be right or wrong. Through my eyes I believe My personal preferred lens is relationship and reputation. I balance my reasoning skills (rationality) and my intuition (sensibility) to determine what processes, systems, character traits and virtues will best serve the community by assuring fairness and justice for all (equality). My blind spot is overconfidence in process or unrealistic role expectations. Because I believe that a consistent process results in a just outcome for all, I would sometimes trust the process too much. I could forget that the unequal access gives rise to unjust outcomes, even when the process itself is fair. At other times, I develop unrealistic role expectations, forgetting that individuals are fallible regardless of their role. My weakness is how sometimes I require deference to power concentrated in a hierarchical authority. Because I would have thought carefully about what is right in a given situation, I tend to assume that my way is best. I could then abuse power as I impose my will on others for their own good. On the other hand, when my compassion fails, I come to believe that the perks and privileges of my role belong to me because I am better than others. As for my strengths, because I am concerned with fairness, when I am at my best you work for what is just for all, i.e., what keeps people connected to others in the community. I assure that systems and processes are coherent, uniformly followed, and they protect the least advantaged without creating undue burdens for the rest. You prioritize the value of equality over autonomy. My primary concern is the well being of everyone and I believe that assuring the well being of everyone is the best way to assure that individuals are treated fairly.