Much of the existing ethical training, at least in graduate schools, focuses on finding errors, fraud, faults and failures in others, and how to be a whistle blower. This can set a tone of suspicion, caution, and promote isolation. Sometimes we end up looking over our shoulders hoping that a routine behavior is not viewed as suspicious or inappropriate. Collegial ethics, which focuses on support and respect of our colleagues, is needed as a positive counterbalance to this “accusative” tendency.
A focus on collegial ethics (also referred to as coworker or workplace ethics) enhances our dignity and the democratic process. We become more aware of others’ needs and look for a balanced and fair life that satisfies more people. It makes us stronger as a group.
Having a personal belief, solely and simply by itself, cannot justify harmful actions to others. The actions and their consequences must be judged by themselves and independent of underlying beliefs.
Simple dislike of a person can never justify destructive actions toward that person.