“Deep down inside where you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall…” COL Jessup, in the movie A Few Good Men. The meaning of COL Jessups’ quote has a very hidden and negative connotation for those who have seen the movie. As COL Jessup may tend to believe in seizing the greater good option over the morally right option, I feel that taking the morally high ground at all times, is most applicable to businesses. Because I have internalized the idealisms of the Army Values and their deontologist approach, like many of my fellow colleagues both past and present, I am that selfless servant of America who has agreed to give his life for her preservence. Many people ask, “What describes ethical values?” My ethical core rests in the Army Values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. The Army Values derive from Emmanuel Kant’s theory of deontological ethics where people act out of respect for the moral law when they act because they have a duty to do so (which is directly applicable in business). I feel these values are a unified standard for all to live by. The act of servitude instills pride and ownership in something greater than yourself…so, those people at parties, want you on that wall….. they need you on that wall, because they know you will always do the right thing.
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