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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

The Five commandments and the source code demystified…

Journal International Clinical Dental Research Organization

Date of Web Publication18-Aug-2014

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Sangeeta Dhir
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0754.139080

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Material world expediency and the rat race to achieve our professional aspirations have sadly triumphed over the core ethos. We sometimes tend to buckle under its influence and compromise with the values, morals and ethics. Human ethics and civic responsibilities seem to be an apt example of reverse evolution; we at times qualify our actions by hideously camouflaging our actions behind the specious justifications which suit our conveniences.

Greeks had a magnificent philosophy, which is embodied in three sequentially arranged words: Ethos , pathos , and logos, which contain the essence of making effective representations. Ethos is your personal credibility. Pathos is the empathic side-it's a feeling. It means that you are in alignment with the emotional thrust of another person's communication. Logos is the logic of your argument. Notice the sequence: Ethos, pathos, logos-your character, and your relationships, and then the logic. If you cut straight to the logos, the left-brain logic, of your ideas and try to convince other people of the validity of that logic without first taking ethos and pathos into consideration, your representation will lack power.

Professionals in any fields must be guided by some codes. The code of conduct cannot be a book that can train and control individuals and in a way be a moral police. As responsible professionals, we need to be guided by our inner voice, which should align with original humane values (known as source code in the computer programming parlance). [2]

The five commandments: In the professional world of medicine, if we refer to the basic code of conduct then the American Dental Association provides a guideline which stems from the ethos of five commandments that are: Patient autonomy, normaleficence, beneficence, justice and veracity. [1] If read deeper into the dictionary, meaning of these words, it simply means a medical professional should behave as a confidant to his patient, be honest to his profession and never overstep his brief/core competence, be a good soul and the uphold the integrity. These commandments are no different from the source code of a good human.

Savour these!

  1. Human being is the only animal that remains on friendly terms with the victims he intends to "eat" until he eats them (where are our ethos, pathos and logos gone?; have we degenerated our source code while being in the rat race of arriving?): A Classic representation of unprofessional conduct
  2. Picture this world as an arena hosting a car race, the drivers of the car are in a rush (to reach somewhere), oblivious of the direction, speed and the number of such cars (each one of us live in our own worlds): A portrait of brutally competitive professional world
  3. And if we were to be controlled, probably we would have come with a remote control device: Signifies denial of sensitivity and accountability toward society.

Scary to fathom, isn't it? To drive in the professional world without an ethos, pathos and logos (modern world's values, morals and ethics): Chaos un-evitable!

How many of us really reckon the differences between the moral, values and ethics that we flamboyantly exhibit either in our personal or professional walks of life?

Note, that as individuals (based on socio-cultural gaps) we may differ from one another in the specifics, but not in the general principles.

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What are the differences between values, morals and ethics? They all provide behavioral rules, after all. It may seem like splitting hairs, but the differences can be important when persuading others.

Values are the rules by which we make decisions about right and wrong, should and shouldn't, good and bad. Values are our fundamental beliefs. Morals have a greater social element (typically a religious system, but it could be a political system of some other set of beliefs) to values and tend to have a very broad acceptance. Ethics is about our actions and decisions. You can have professional ethics, but you seldom hear about professional morals. Ethics tends to be codified into a formal system or set of rules that are explicitly adopted by a group of people. Thus, we have medical ethics. Ethics is internally defined and adopted, whilst morals tend to be externally imposed on other people.

Drawing an analogy, thus, in this professional world, it is of paramount importance that our remote (ethics, morals, values) be re-programmed keeping the spirit of the nature's source code for the human race, and be guided by the abundance of Vision, Integrity, Resources, Strategy, Action (acronym VIRSA, which form the drivers of any successful professional/enterprise). Interestingly "VIRSA" in one of the Indian language-Punjabi, means heritage (mostly revolving around social and cultural values).

To adopt and practice a professional code of conduct is to behave in a manner that is consistent with what is generally considered to be right or moral.

Best wishes and happy reading

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1.Principles of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Available from: http://www.ada.org. [Last accessed on 2014 Aug 16].  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Source Code. Available from: http://www.wikepedia.org. [Last accessed on 2014 Aug 16].  Back to cited text no. 2

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