Globalization, ethics, and morality
Globalization has brought about an age when the only tests used to judge anyone's behavior are:
- Does it make you money or its equivalent? The corollary is that the greater the amount of money acquired, the better the behavior is.
- Did you get away with it? This test is merely based on legal enforceability (were you caught in a place that matters) and the degree of punishment (will the punishment negate or exceed the benefit of the behavior). Morality, virtue, ethics, shame, actual legality, etc. aren't considered factors.
Why is this so? It's the only set of behavioral tests that are globally portable. As in, we can't agree on anything at a global level except the minimal rules needed to interconnect (which is similar to how the Internet and the Web spread).
We have a global API, it seems, without morality or ethics.
And if an API is very very simple, it's much more likely to win. Even if only a sociopath could love it.
Now, it's clear that the two simple rules for human interaction are the standard of morality for our global, transnational elites, who are in fact sociopathic, but what if everybody adopts it? Would such a system scale?