The world over schools, colleges, universities place importance on reading, writing, engaging students in extracurricular activities and introducing new methods of learning.
The objective is to make students worldly wise, smart and intellectually brilliant.
There is no emphasis on imparting right values and vision of life. Consequently faced with emotional problems, intelligent people too can lose efficiency and objectivity.
Learning has various aspects:
• Learn a particular subject
• Apply or use the learnings
• Understand the ethical angle – what is the knowledge being used for.
As part of their graduation ceremony, medical students take an oath to use their learning to serve the community. The purpose of learning is to serve. However, the world over, education has been reduced to a commercial enterprise.
Once a lawyer declared, ‘My business is to defend my client’.
I asked him, ‘If you are clear about your duty, why is your mind agitated?’
He replied, ‘I know my client has done something wrong, but I still need to defend him.’
A lawyer’s duty is to see that justice is done. If your client is acquitted, an innocent person will be punished.
He retaliated, ‘I will starve if I don’t take on such clients.’
In response I said, ‘Once you are reputed to be ethical your presence will empower the judge to look at justice. Fear prevents you from creating such a value.’
Business is of course about making profit, but there is also such a thing as business ethics.
The question to ask is: ‘How much profit is enough?’