Monday, 9 May 2005
Topic Research, week 16 blog
I chose to research about the practice of intelligence gathering in business. To start my research, I will begin by researching sources online about intelligence gathering in business. Online research seems to be the simplest and most effective way of finding a lot of facts about my topic. After my research online, I will look for related books of my topic at the library. Books hold a lot of information about a single topic. The more sources I am able to find, the more I will be able to write about my topic.
Saturday, 30 April 2005
Solomon vs. Cavanagh, week 15 blog
Both Solomon's and Cavanagh's method for making business decisions are good methods. Cavanagh's method seems to take more details, facts and other things into consideration. Solomon's method seems more like rules to making decisions rather than a method. However, overall, I liked Solomon's strategy of making ethical business decisions more. Cavanagh's method seemed a bit too difficult to use and a little illogical. It seems impossible to include all facts and take all parts into consideration when making a decision. So, because of that reason, I feel Solomon's strategy is a much better method of decision making.
Friday, 29 April 2005
Business Ethics Freewrite, week 14 blog
Business ethics seem to be a much bigger deal nowadays than before. There are studies and research done on what business ethics are and should be. There are educational courses that focus entirely on business ethics. Nowadays, you can not make a big business decision without considering business ethics, because businesses are now more closely connected the community. Every decision affects many people these days. Also, business decisions that affect the environment are harder to make, because people are more worried about the world's ecosystem and environment. Pollution and global warming are a main issue of the world now. It is harder to make business decisions now than ever before. And so, business ethics are more important than ever before.
It is difficult to know how much you should take business ethics into consideration. When someone has too little ethics, they end up hurting the community or environment around them, in which will end up hurting their own well-being. However, when someone has too much ethics, they end up not benefiting themselves and/or the people who are connected to them, or even harming their job and overall well-being. So it is difficult to make decisions with business ethics because it is hard to know how much ethics you should have.
Focused Topic: Which do business ethics consider a greater priority, the jobs of the people of the community or the well-being of the environment?
Environment affects people in the long run, but the people's jobs affect people directly now.
Business Ethics, week 13 blog
Business ethics are the morals and rules you should have when making business decisions. It is the morals or principles you should take into consideration when making business decisions. You do not necessarily have to consider business ethics when you make a decision, but it is just some things you should think about when making decisions. It is rules to consider to do what is right for you, the people and community around you, and the environment. It is rules you should consider, but do not have to.
In business ethics, you think about what is morally right and wrong. Ethics think about how your decisions will affect you and the people and environment around you. Business ethics, I would say, are for the greater benefit of you, the community around you, and the environment.
Friday, 15 April 2005
essays from pg.241-274, week 12 blog
Andre Stein asked a few important questions, which basically sum up and support my opinion on whether Simon Wiesenthal had done the right thing. He asks, "Did he[Karl] have the right to ask for forgiveness? Can we believe in the authenticity of his repentance? Should anyone perpetrating crimes against humanity expect forgiveness?" These three questions or arguments are really good points that support my opinion to not forgive Karl. He also makes a good point in that he thinks that Karl is only using Simon as "an instrument of salvation" and still not thinking of him as a human being.
I also agree with Joseph Telushkin's opinion. He made a really good point that I would have never thought about. He explains that when Karl says "'...those Jews died quickly, they did not suffer as I do-though they were not as guilty as I am.'" Karl's words implies that the Jews were guilty of something. This shows how Karl still felt about Jews. I feel that this was an amazing point made by Telushkin.
I agree with Tzvetan Todorov as well. I liked his reasoning that "The only one who can forgive is the one who has experienced the injury." I also liked Todorov's statement, "It is the complementary interplay of these two aspects of moral judgement, it seems to me, that alone permits us to make judicious use of the past in the present in order to fight today's evils, and not only yesterday's." I believe this statement to be very true.
Sunday, 3 April 2005
Symposium essays, week 11 blog
After reading most of the essays in the Symposium, it seemed that most of the opinions in the essays were to not forgive Karl. I completely agree with that opinion. My favorite essay was the one by Smail Balic, mainly because of one passage I thought explained the reason for my opinion best.
In the essay by Smail Balic, I particularly liked the passage, "Of course every person is responsible for his or her actions and no one is able to absolve the guilt that one person bears toward others." I think this is the best argument in the entire Symposium. I totally agree that every person is responsible for their own actions, because that is what I have always been taught as a child. I also completely agree with the argument that no one can forgive someone for what they have done to another. It is a problem between two and cannot be solved by a third party. These two supporting arguments can basically sum up the reasoning for my opinion to not forgive Karl.
Saturday, 2 April 2005
3 favorite essays, week 9 blog
The three essays in The Symposium that I agree with the most are the essays by Smail Balic, The Dalai Lama, and Moshe Bejski. Though these three essays do not all have the same opinion, there are passages in them that I liked a lot. Each essay gives very good arguments to support their opinions, and that is why I liked them.
In the essay by Smail Balic, I particularly liked the passage, "Of course every person is responsible for his or her actions and no one is able to absolve the guilt that one person bears toward others." I think this is the best argument in the entire Symposium. I totally agree that every person is responsible for their own actions, because that is what I have always been taught as a child. I also completely agree with the argument that no one can forgive someone for what they have done to another. It is a problem between two and cannot be solved by a third party.
In the essay by The Dalai Lama, my favorite passage was "one should forgive the person or persons who have committed atrocities against oneself and mankind. But this does not necessarily mean one should forget about the atrocities committed." I feel that it is important to forgive and not forget. I think that always forgiving is what brings and keeps peace. It an important part in creating a peaceful world. But of course that does not mean you should forget. That would a stupid thing to do. Remembering such mistakes helps you to learn from it, so that it should never happen again.
Moshe Bijski had one very good argument that made really good sense. "Even if Wiesenthal believed that he was empowered to grant a pardon in the name of the murdered masses, such an act of mercy would have been a kind of betrayal and repudiation of the memory of millions of innocent victims who were unjustly murdered, among them, the members of his family." This was a good argument in that it would seem like Wiesenthal was betraying the victims if he had forgiven Karl.
Monday, 14 March 2005
Unit 2, week 8 blog
Unit 2 was not too hard overall. There was a lot of reading and summary writing, which are the two highest things under essay writing on my list of things i hate doing. It wasn't too bad though. The essay on The Sunflower was not too hard either.
Before reading The Sunflower, I had expected the book to be long and boring. The two subjects I dislike the most were English and History; The Sunflower had both in it. However, the story turned out to be fairly interesting and much shorter than I had expected. After reading the book, I can't say that I learned a lot from it. I had learned about concentration camps in my history classes.
I have learned a lot about summary writing from Unit 2. In the past, i have had a lot of trouble in writing a good summary. I have learned to put only significant information in a summary to keep it short and simple. I have learned that a summary should be short and not too long. I feel that because of the summary writing in Unit 2, I have bettered my summary writing skills.
Forgiveness, week 7 blog
Forgiveness is the feelings that make you want to forgive. To forgive is to excuse a mistake. If a mistake is excusable, then it must mean that the mistake was not to extreme and is forgettable. Most mistakes can easily be forgotten, such as a car accident, an argument, a physical fight, or even robbery. Because they can be forgetten, they can be forgiven. However, there is one thing that certainly cannot be forgiven. Murder can never be forgiven. Murder is intentional. It is permanent. It is extreme and unforgettable. Things that put such a big impact on anothers life can never be forgotten and never forgiven. Murder is on such a high level of wrongdoing that it can never be forgiven.
Sunday, 27 February 2005
The Sunflower Response, week 6
The Sunflower so far does not seem to be very slow paced and boring. Very few things seem to happen in this story. It was sad to hear how both his friends, Arthur and Josek had died. He must have been lonely after that. I can't imagine how it would feel to be imprisoned with misery and death all around you, and then have your two best friends die.
It was also terrible to hear how a woman got beat down for standing up and saying how horrible it was to have three men hanged and made fun of when the three Jews were hung to death in public. I could not understand how the Jews and the Poles could be so distant when they were both imprisoned and give the same fate. They had so many similarities and so many other problems; I can't seem to see how they could still dislike one another. It makes no sense and was pointless to be that way.
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