This month’s edition is being hosted by Chris Shaw ( twitter | blog ). This month’s theme is about Ethics. Part of Chris’s posted a few thoughts on the subject and some additional sub-topics. Based on one of those I am throwing my hat into this challenge.
Does a Code of Ethics mean anything to anyone? How do we as a community enforce a Code of Ethics?
“A person who is fundamentally honest doesn’t need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical code anybody needs.” — Harry S. Truman
I agree with Mr. Truman and yes a Code of Ethics does mean something to me. I like to think that an honest person with good values and common sense to tell the difference between right and wrong. I follow the rules of better judgement and usually error on the side of caution.
I am sure there are a lot of others in the SQL Community who would agree with Mr Truman. I don’t think you’ll have a trouble finding the people who do. Where you will be trouble will be on enforcing the Code. If we did have a Code, would we need to have a governing body? Here is an idea. We could model it after the Code of the Brethren set down Morgan and Bartholomew. Then that only begs the question, “Would they be actual rules or more of a guidelines?*
Obviously I am only joking.
What I am not joking about is whether we have a code of Ethics or not people will be people and you either have ethics or you don’t. It is just that simple. Just like the saying goes, “Locks only keep honest people honest” and a Code of Ethics will only apply to those that already have ethics. Or believe having a code is important for the overall good of the order SQL Community.
Let me share with you some quotes that I find inspirational and fit with how I feel about Honesty and Integrity and Ethics.
“Character is what you do when no one is watching” — JC Watts
“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” — Mark Twain
“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” — Edward R. Murrow
So to sum things up I guess I am on the fence about having a Code of Ethics. If we had one I would commit to following it as I do today without having one. If it would help the community over all then I would be for it. Just remembering that oversight no matter how small can be cumbersome to the natural order of things.
I want to thank Chris for hosting this month and allowing me to share my thoughts on this subject. I look forward to reading other posts in the coming days.
Quotes were taking from the following site:
*Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl