|Dragonfly at rest, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon, 26 July 2017.|
Professions can create forms of ethical conversation that are impossible between a lonely individual and a distant government. If members of a profession think of themselves as groups with common interests, with norms and rules that oblige them at all times, then they can gain confidence and indeed a certain kind of power.Eow didn't include in his presentation the two sentences that immediately follow the above quote, but they, too, warrant consideration:
Professional ethics must guide us precisely when we are told that the situation is exceptional. Then there is no such thing as "just following orders."Good night.
Update, 28 July 2016: post title changed to reflect content of post. ("Day one" is not a compelling title.)