Do the means justify the end?

Junanita Kidd said :
“A person educated in mind and not in morals is a menace to society”.

I think it is safe to say that all Aurorans have witnessed this first hand with this last term of council.

In fact the more I think about it our Mayor resembles that bratty kid Calvin from the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip.

Calvin_ethics

So where can one go to get educated in both you may ask?

According to the Era Banner ( http://www.yorkregion.com/article/100616 ) a new and unique “Ethics and Society” course is being offered at my old school: the Country Day School in King City.

Listen to the feedback from the students:

“We’re not at opposite ends of the class screaming at each other because we disagree.”

“You can have your different opinions in class and still be friends.”

In fact, many of the students say their discussions carry on outside the classroom.

“Every other course, you leave and go for lunch and talk about other things,” 16-year-old J.P. Saxe of King said. “This is the only one I remember where the conversation continues after class.”

To bad this course isn’t mandatory for our Mayor and council, whose actions seem to be the complete opposite.
When have we heard conversations continuing after council, in fact I believe this is frowned upon.  friendship and community has no place in the council chambers and screaming seems to be the preferd method of communication for most of the G.O.S.

Why is morality such an issue?

Shirley Chisholm hit the nail on the head when she said:
“When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.”

When you hear constant talk about the “needs” of the town, the constant need to restructure, to create silly changes of title, add more staff, increase salaries, etc. we are effectively treating the town as an end, not as means. Then we the citizens become the means to satisfy their needs.

As citizens we really need to ask ourselves if all of this additional cost we are asked to burden has affected a positive change?  Are we any better off then we were 4 years ago?

I don’t think so, and this points to the huge void in the town’s integrity that needs filling.

Perhaps the kids from this class would consider running in the upcoming election, because they will have something on their resume that very few of the other candidates will: an “ethical toolbox”  and one that doesn’t require an integrity commissioner to hang over their shoulder to use it.

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