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27 April 2019


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Philip Kai Morre

I agree with Simon Davidson that our political leaders lack morality or ethical principles as a guide to govern our country. Some political leaders are morally corrupt.

Morality simply means good customs, traditional norms and ethical behaviour.

In the absence of ethical principle and spirituality we are facing a political and identity crisis as human beings who are created in the image of God.

Our responsibility as a result of custom and tradition is to promote and embrace human dignity. We are guided by natural law or divine law that is written in our hearts to do good and avoid evil.

Many of our political leaders and bureaucrats do not follow our moral conscience and they do not differentiate good and bad in our decisions and actions.

There seem to be no political insights, wisdom and values in our leaders in the like of Sir Thomas More, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and others.

Ethics or morality does not involve leaders alone but branches into many fields including medical ethics, social ethics, business ethics, work ethics, counseling ethics, legal ethics, and the list goes on.

Ethics constitute the principle of common good and what is based on principle we cannot change it. It is absolute and final.

Politicians when making decision or come up with a law it must benefit the people. When people are happy and live peacefully we are establishing a moral and ethical society.

We apply ethics in work and want to set up standards and we often called code of conduct, certain rules and regulations to follow like no drinking in office, no sex in office, no stealing, absenteeism etc.

In the case of the death penalty, it is morally wrong to take away another person’s life. Similar to abortion which is outlawed in PNG, a fetus has the same value and dignity as a human person.

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