I happened to walk past the TV today as one of the morning news shows was playing a segment on a legal subject. I’m not sure about the specific topic of discussion, other than it was a legal matter. (I didn’t have time to stop and watch the entire segment.)
But one phrase caught my attention and when I reached my desk, I jotted it down so I wouldn’t forget it. “Ethically intelligent” was the phrase the person being interviewed used. He was suggesting that some action might be legal, but not ethically intelligent.
What a great phrase. In too many ways, the world and our own country has degraded – morally and ethically. I’m talking specifically here about GREED. As I’ve noted on a number of occasions, GREED is one of the worst ills we’re facing right now.
Why do I write about GREED (in all caps) on an animal-welfare blog? Because along with the obvious negative impacts on humans, GREED is the key player in wildlife habitat destruction, the horrors of puppy mills, dog fighting, the on-going devastation to the Earth’s rainforests, the number of animals on the endangered species list, global climate change and more.
Take the Rhino for example. Some people are willing to wipe these great animals off the face of the Earth to profit on the material in their horns. Others are more than willing to send sharks into extinction to produce shark fin soup. And what if they killed the last shark and the last rhino tomorrow? – These greed-soaked and greed-stained individuals would only consider it a loss in short-term profit.
Greed is not ethically intelligent. Killing off species of animals is not ethically intelligent. Torturing animals for any reason is not ethically intelligent. Destroying vital wildlife habitat is not ethically intelligent. These things are not intelligent in any way – ethically, morally or otherwise.