Ethical Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

by | Feb 8, 2021

** Disclaimer: The following is an ethics commentary. If any of the recommendations conflict with your Company policy, you should adhere to your Company policy. **

    Over the past several years our Chief Compliance and Privacy officer, Charlotte Nafziger, has provided the T System Solution partners monthly “quick tips” around ethics, privacy, security, and compliance. This content is just too good not to share with the industry and we are pleased to bring Charlotte’s Corner to the CorroHealth Industry Insights page. Follow this link to connect with her on LinkedIn. You can look forward to hearing from Charlotte monthly on our Industry Insights page.

      I am married to a HUGE “Star Wars” junkie (okay, I’m bit of a junkie myself.) We just finished season 2 of “The Mandalorian.” We thought it was just wonderful and if you watched it, chances are you did as well.

      One of the things I love about “Star Wars” is it is chock full of ethical dilemmas and lessons and “The Mandalorian” is no exception. While the following may be an obvious lesson, I feel compelled to share it nonetheless.

      Din Djarin (the Mandalorian) has a job to do, goals to meet, pressures on him. Yet, he has a moral code that is unwavering despite the pressures a bounty hunter must experience. And he’s willing to put his personal goals aside for the betterment of the galaxy and the protection of Grogu. Do you think that is something Boba Fett would ever do?

      That’s what we should all do—establish a moral code that we never compromise. In a work situation, the pressures of the job and our own self-preservation cannot get in the way of doing the right thing. I recognize this is easier said than done sometimes because most of us need our jobs to ensure we can take care of ourselves and others. That pressure can deter us from the right thing and put us in positions where we rationalize doing the wrong thing.

      We must always be aware when a situation is pushing us (or others) into sacrificing our moral code and the Code of Ethics of the organization. And, when aware that an ethical lapse is occurring, take pause and evaluate the right way to tackle the situation. If you are being asked to violate your moral code, you could call it out directly by saying “I don’t feel comfortable doing that because I think it’s wrong and here’s why.” And we must always be aware when we are rationalizing doing the wrong thing. Thoughts and statements like “everybody is doing it,” “nobody really gets hurt,” “I deserve this because,” “doing THIS is better than THAT,” are clear indicators of being in rationalizing mode.

      Be Din Djarin, not Boba Fett.