Chpt 3 Ethics

Old Testament (Micah 7:3): “Both their hands are skilled in doing evil; the official and the judge ask for bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire— they all conspire together.”

“ושוחד לא תקח כי השוחד יעור פקחים ויסלף דברי צדיקם”

Torah Exodus 23:8: “And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.”

وَإِذَا تَوَلَّىٰ سَعَىٰ فِي الْأَرْضِ لِيُفْسِدَ فِيهَا وَيُهْلِكَ الْحَرْثَ وَالنَّسْلَ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْفَسَادَ

Koran Surah Al-Baqarah (2:205):  “And when he goes away, he strives throughout the land to cause corruption therein and destroy crops and animals. And Allah does not like corruption.”

Bible 1 Corinthians 15:33:  “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'”

“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.” Hanlon’s razor

Ultimately, corruption is wrong. It is that simple. But if we are discussing the minefield of ethics and morality in the modern world, we must describe why it is wrong. Here we get into a field that goes back to Socrates, flows through the rise of the world’s religions and cultures and is currently in the area of human rights. The Ancient Greek word was phthora  meaning the gradual decay of something that was once good. We retain this meaning when it is used to describe food.