During the inception of the 19th century, the burgeoning of the agrarian economy served the benefit of the Inquilinos or the native lessees of the Dominican Hacienderos. The inquilinos mostly from Central Luzon such as the family of Dr. Jose Rizal benefited from this sudden rise of agro-economy. This boom paved the way for natives to afford education for their children. As supported by the words of the American Historian John Schumacher, the start of the nationalist movement in the late years of the nineteenth century almost became impossible without the Economic growth which occured during this period.
Summary of the thought ‘Illustrados during the Philippine Revolution’
In contrast, the enlightenment of the natives cannot be exclusively linked with economic prosperity but can also be also be traced with educational reform during the time. The 1863 royal decree which provided a system of compulsory education with free instruction for the poor enabled basic education for well-known Illustrados with impoverish background such as Emilio Jacinto and Apolinario Mabini. In a paper written by Majul (1978) for the National conference of Asian studies he stated that the reasons behind this decree is to efficiently teach the natives Christian religion and to give leverage to the native civilization during that time.
Although Schumatcher clearly nuanced that there are no direct discussions about Nationalism or liberalism in institutions providing education beyond Parochial Catechetical learning such as the Ateneo, the basic principles of humanism, science and philosophy satiated the instigation of principles of human dignity and equality of men. Hence the natives who had access to education were enlightened with the injustices, thus paving the way for the making of the so called Illustrados. During that time, the unimaginable oppression of the Spanish colonizers pushed the enlightened ones to vie for reform. In this paper, I would emphasize three entities which contributed to the enlightenment of these people, first would be the land disputes, the abuses of the clergy, and the economic backlash to the Filipinos.
In Dr. Jose Rizal’s La Indolencia de los Filipinos he conceded that the Pre-colonized Philippines focused on agriculture. Although this industry continued during the Spanish colonization Filipinos lost the upper hand to earn full benefit from the industry. This may be because the ownership of the lands was handed to the Friars and was only leased to Filipino inquilinos at such a high rate. In the essay “The Making of the Nation” by Schumatcher he emphasized that the prosperity in the agricultural economy during the 19th century fueled the conflicts between the friars and the natives as the former enormously raised the value of rents for the lands. This then led to the questioning of the rightfulness of these foreign clergy to the Haciendas.
In addition, according to Sonia and Gregorio Zaide in their book published in 1994, before Rizal went home from his studies in Europe, he was already well aware of the exacerbation of the land conflicts in Central Luzon which later pushed him to send a report of his investigation in the injustices to the colonial government. His report included how the Hacienda owners never gave back for the education of the children, the fiestas or for the betterment of the farmlands while also emphasizing the continuous rise of the rental for the farmlands.
In their book they stated that this report amplified the already incepting rage from the Friars because of the earlier Publication of his novel Noli me Tangere which depicted the foreign oppression towards the Filipino people. Transitioning liberal Filipinos saw that the policies of Spain hinder their existing economic prosperity, this then lead the to the eagerness of reformists to get the ownership of the lands in their own country. This is evident in Rizal’s establishment of La Liga Filipina where he included Agriculture as one of the objectives of the association. Clearly, these land disputes led to the aggravation of the Illustrados such as Rizal himself.
Next to the conflicts in land, the issues on the abuses of the Clergy is also a triggering factor to the reformist mindset of the Illustrados. In the beginning, the colonizers used religion to lure Filipinos to favor their patronage due to their newly brought “salvation”. although, the abuse of this patronage reflected after were only realized after centuries of abuse and malpractice. Witnessed by the well-known illustrado, Graciano Lopez Jaena during his visits to the poor in Iloilo where he felt deep empathy due to the unflagging injustices that the locals experienced under the hands of the friars. Due to this, at the age 18 he wrote “Fray Botod” which personified a fat and promiscuous priest who used his authority to abuse the people under his church. This metaphorical character emblematized the continuous assault of the Clerical institutions to his fellowmen. These secular abuses lead to the martyrdom of the three priests Padre Mariano Gomez, Padre Jose Burgos and Padre Jacinto Zamora who’s famously known as Gomburza. and was famous for fighting for the native clergy and for championing the secularization of the churches.
According to the paper written by Cesar Majul for the national conference in Asian Studies on year 1978 the martyrdom of these three priests converted a racial issue into a national one. Obviously, most of the works of the revolutionists during that time is pointing out to anti-clericalism. This hatred may be rooted to all the secular malpractice that is prevalent during the Spanish colonization. In likelihood, these clerical assaults amplified the Illustrados’ thirst for reform.
Lastly, let’s tackle the economic backlash of the colonization to the Filipinos. In Marcello H. Del Pilar’s Monastic Supremacy in the Philippines, he mentioned how the Spanish government failed to make sources of revenues for the Filipino people and how these Friars make his fellowmen pay out of fear of displeasing them rather than fanaticism. This goes align with Rizal’s writing called the indolence of the Filipinos in which he mentioned that one of the reasons why Filipinos are indolent is because of the extremely high tax of the Spanish government. In his analysis, he stated that this hindered the Filipinos to work harder because majority of their labor pay goes to the taxes.
In Jose Rizal’s annotation of Governor Antonio de Morga’s Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas Rizal cognized the good trading relationship and economy of the Philippines before the Spanish came. The holistic backlash of the economic culture that westerners instigated may have fueled the hunger of the Illustrados to seek change for them, for the people and for the country. After their awakening, these enlightened ones took minute steps towards the reduction of civil imbalances, they continued to support their Propaganda Movement through establishing publications such as La Solidaridad which was led by Graciano Lopez Jaena who was later succeeded by Marcelo H. del Pilar.
The initial plight of this publication is to increase the awareness of the Spaniards about what the Philippines as a colony needs and to instigate a closer relationship between Spain and the colony. It may be easy to assume that these Illustrados asked for absolute independence due to the fact that the revolution they led eventually spurred into a pseudo independence in the illusion of US alliances, in contrast to this belief an article written by Augusto v. De Viana for the National Historical Commission of the Philippines he supported the idea that reformists such as Jaena, Del Pilar and Rizal advocated not for separatism but for the conversion of the Philippines from a colony into a province of Spain. To be able to fully understand there must be a clear discussion on the Individual views of the Triumvirate who initiated the plights for reform such as Graciano Lopez Jaena, Marcelo H. del Pilar and Dr. Jose Rizal.
Establishment of Nationalism
Earlier in this paper, it was mentioned that the establishment of the publication la Solidaridad was under the illustrado, Graciano Lopez Jaena. In a deeper comprehension, this publication became the pedestal of all the succeeding steps of the Propaganda movement. According to the editorial he wrote in the publication, the objectives of it were the following: to fight reaction; to defend liberalism and to continue progressive ideas to avoid the exacerbation of the Philippines as a colony. Copies of this paper were smuggled to the Philippines in secret and was sent to educated Filipinos. Historians believed that the propaganda movement was initiated by Jaena since he was the first among the triumvirate to be ever exiled in Spain. Other than this, his iconic writing Fray Botod perfectly depicted the secular injustices to the Filipinos which became his greatest contribution to the awakening of his fellowmen.
Next to his leadership in the la Solidaridad was a successor in the person of Marcelo H. del Pilar, in contrast to Jaena who continuously fought for reform until his death in 1896, del Pilar realized that reform is no longer enough to instigate changes in the Philippines due to the prevalent abuse of power. Out of all the spearheads of the revolution it is said that del Pilar was the one who inspired Andres Bonifacio the most. He was so intimately connected to the leaders of Katipunan, that according to Zaide in year 1956 Andres Bonifacio kept del Pilar’s letters to the formers brother-in-law and considered them as relics and a basis for revolutionary action.
In his articles published in a republican newspaper in Spain, he attacked the political authority that the clergy had in the Philippines and continuously defended the narratives in Rizal’s Noli me Tangere. During that time, a friar named Fr. Jose Rodriguez issued pamphlets directly attacking the novels of Rizal. To counter the influence, del Pilar wrote a satirical tagalog pamphlet called Caiingat Cayo under the pseudo name Dolores Manapat.
In that writing, he defended Rizal by posting ad hominem on the exploitation of the friars on religion to traffic his fellowmen. Del Pilar was regarded by Governor General Ramon Blanco as “el alma des Seperatism en Filipinas” which is translated as “The true soul of separatism in the Philippines far more dangerous than Rizal” this may be because of his contributions in la Solidaridad and how he gathered local communities to hold discussions against the abuses of the friars which became his nuanced contribution to the awakening of the Filipino Nation. Despite the exclusive contributions of del Pilar the most famous of these triumvirate is still the National hero Dr. Jose Rizal.
Rizal is famously known for his works Noli me Tangere and El Filibusterismo which opened the eyes of majority of the filipinos. Although, beyond the knowledge of many, historians such as Aguilar and Schumatcher believed that one his biggest contribution is his scientific writings about the autochthony of Filipinos. Famous historian Aguilar stated that Rizal read countless scientific books to be able to perfectly envision the standards of living before Spanish colonization. When Rizal’s close friend Blumentritt mentioned the presence of a rare copy of Antonio de Morga’s book Sucesos de las islas Filipinas, he took advantage of it and annotated Morga. Copies of Rizal’s annotation were sent to Manila and was instantly in demand.
As Ambeth Ocampo stated, the book was already out of print in a year of continuous publication. This demand then led to the ban of this book which can rooted out of the fear of Colonizers for the Filipinos to wake up in cognizance that their heritage was already systemic and strong before the coming of the Spaniards.
His writing helped the confrontation of the collective curiosity of Filipinos about their true identity and personality. Rizal further amplified this question in his writing entitled The Philippines, a century hence where the extinction of the indigenous culture was replaced with swords and cross which according to him led to the destruction of the native Philippine culture. In the essay, he emphasized how the goal of collective ignorance failed because of the rise of great Filipino minds such as himself. This greatness is further exemplified in his Iconic novels, Noli me tangere and El Filibusterismo. Anderson in his essay on year 2003 mentioned that the birth of Noli me Tangere is a milestone on the “progression” of the Philippines. The premise of this is the lucid narration of the assaults towards the Filipinos.
In Anderson’s essay he discussed the meaningful metaphors that Rizal used. Such as the personality of Padre Damaso who symbolized the abusive friars and the iconic Crisostomo Ibarra who like the Illustrados, wanted change for the country. The big contribution of this book is the shared concession of the natives that there is indeed a problem with the system oppressing them. In effect, this made Filipinos seek more reform and changes for themselves. This is evident in the plead of the women of Malolos to the Spanish Government to give them education. In which, the national hero himself acknowledged in a letter addressed to the women of Malolos. The plead for rights to education enormously impressed Rizal and realized that there may be hope if his natives start dreaming for themselves. On the other hand, the stands of Rizal regarding the revolution is pretty unclear.
Historian Teodoro Agoncillo believed that Rizal was an idealist dreamer who thought that Filipinos could be taught under the Spanish regime, in contrast Dr. Gregoria Zaide supported that idea that Rizal supported the revolution in his essay “ Was Rizal against the Revolution” where he cited a memoir written by the katipunero named Venezuela who stated that the reaction of Rizal towards their proposal of a revolution meant that their revolution is only premature but is possible in future time. Up to now, there’s still an unending debate to whether Rizal is vying for a revolution or not. Regardless, his contribution in the making of the identity and the eagerness of the Filipino people to create their own nation is strongly acknowledged and felt through generations.
To answer the queston, does these thinkers really are successful in construction the thought of Filipino Nation? I would say yes. Looking back on the roots of how the Filipino people has been oppressed due to colonialism, I would say that the thought of unity among Filipinos in establishing their rights. Be it as it may, knowing the fact that some of Illustrados only went for reform and assimilation of the Philippines as a province of spain, the upheaval of the so called equality of the spaniards and the Filipino was the important part and thus, fueled the thought of establishing the Filipino nation in the following years. Looking in the contemporary period in which considering the thought of establishment of Filipino nation, there are a lot of factors in which affects the nationalism of Filipinos. Especially in the economic aspect which is the rise of globalization which from my view, will emerge and will never stop.
Human Beings Are Losing Humanity
The destruction of society’s morality and ethics always stems from when humanity faces a form of adversity. Throughout history the morals and ethics of human beings have been put to the test on whether humanity has this or not, an example of this would be seen through the events of slavery and the holocaust even during world war one when a nuclear bomb almost desiccated Hiroshima japan, in these events humanity had the chance to choose the most ethical way of handling the situation but due to the convenience the worst possible outcome occurred. Similarly shown in the two television shows The Walking Dead and Westworld, both these shows center their attention on the way human morals are put to the test and seem to even go to the extent of losing it.
Television shows are becoming very popular in the current world as entertainment platforms. Specific shows are drawing attention among viewers not only because they are exciting, but they are based on morals, as well. Some of such shows include The Walking Dead and Westworld. The Walking Dead, a TV program is considered to be one of the most famous horror series of all time. However, the series has been subject to lots of discussions based on ethical issues. Westworld, on the other hand, is a thriller program that involves a futuristic guest park and killing of visitors in the park.
Many directors and professionals in the film industry have refuted the claims of the films being morally unethical. The analyses of whether television shows are morally ethical or not can be analyzed based on plots, imageries, visualization and themes among others. The analysis can then be compared to what different ethical sources enshrine as being ethically appropriate in films. This paper is an argumentative paper that seeks to explore how television programs such as The Walking Dead and Westworld are morally unethical.
The Walking Dead a post-apocalyptic series throughout the show completely shows how the characters battling with whether they should discard their morals by not killing needlessly or by becoming immoral and begin to kill people in cold blood to survive. It’s one thing to avoid killing people in cold blood, but it’s another to let people go who have already has the intent and is willing to kill you and everyone you hold dear. This is the mindset Rick had in the beginning of the episode “Pretty Much Dead Already” and even prior to prior episode. It wasn’t till the end of the episode where Shane was willing to let everyone be killed by the walkers in the shed by releasing them is when Rick realized that sometimes you must discard your ethics and your morals to survive in a world that you are not familiar with any more.
Most of the television shows currently televised for all ages does not have an excellent moral storyline. The main themes of these films are plotted in the best interest of the continuity of the film, but without consideration of the moral effects, they might come along with. Taking the focus of the television shows, The Walking Dead and Westworld, the themes and continuity of the films are not ethical.
In order to create continuity in the show the walking dead, human beings, who have survived being transformed into zombies are forced to live in a hopeless world. At one point characters realize they are all bound to die as there is no hope (McGowan, Adalet, Andrews & Millot 56). This is unethical, according to the arguments of psychologists, a good film or show should go beyond being an entertainer to a platform for life encouragement and positivity. The Walking Dead storyline continuity simply does the opposite.
The films Westworld, on the other hand, is against successful daily living marred by taking risks. For John Blade, a first-time visitor to the park expects a lifetime experience at the park. His expectations are not realized as he is forced to fight to the death for his survival (Telotte 23). There is no inclusion of a fight to death battle in the film, but this is one of the things, which many people find unethical, especially, if a young audience is watching the show. These two shows are just typical examples among other ones, which inconsistent themes do not augur well with ethics.
Many television shows can also be faulted for their sexual portrayals. Issues surrounding sex in television shows have been a common subject to immorality. Ethics provides a proper depiction of sexual acts such as not revealing the nakedness of the character and using the scenes positively as a build up to the plot. The usage of such scenes should also be very minimal; otherwise, the show can be rendered immoral.
The Westworld show has been criticized having fallen short of its sexual portrayal. In the film, the guest gets to indulge in any adventure of their choice with a payment of $10,000 per day (Telotte 24). One of the adventure visitors is provided with is sexual encounters. Many of the visitors of the park are involved in a sexual encounter, which makes sexual scenes in the TV show to be way above the average number. It, therefore, makes the show immoral. The nature of the sexual portrayal in the film is also not appropriate and cannot be watched by children.
There are also other television films that depict people’s dehumanized nature. Human beings have skills, intelligence, and capability that are way beyond other beings such as animals. Television shows, therefore, ought to have an improved depiction of the human beings’ nature as compared to their dehumanized portrayal. The transformation of humans to zombies is dehumanizing and cannot be ethically justified.
Based on this, many people have argued that the film should have developed a different version of walking dead such as non-transformation of people and focusing on long-dead people raised (McGowan, Adalet, Andrews & Millot 56). The behaviors of the zombies and their survival tactics coupled with how they are portrayed in the film are dehumanizing and are therefore also unethical. Dehumanization is also seen in the show, Westworld, through the robotic killings, gunslingers, the rattlesnake bites and the sex slaves in the park used to entertain the visitors during their adventures (Telotte 24).
Morality and ethics are also built on the beliefs that are held by different people. Religion plays a vital role in how such moral and ethical beliefs are built. Television shows may be rendered unethical or immoral if they go against the moral and ethical beliefs of different people. Transformation of people to zombies through an infection inflicted simply through a bite is against the beliefs of many religions, such as Christianity and Muslim (McGowan, Adalet, Andrews & Millot 56). The kind of killings and the motives for the killings as seen in the case of the Westworld film can also be argued to be against the beliefs of specific religions. Other people, however, argue that the extent to which the films are morally right or wrong based on beliefs can, depend on specific individuals. There are communities who believe in violence and extremism such as the Jihad community.
The visualization and imagery of television shows is also a subject of discussion. Film genres as horror and action are filled with visuals and images that are not ethical and can be considered immoral. While many can argue that it is difficult to avoid imaging of blood in such films, there are ways that such images can be depicted ethically and morally. The nature in which the two films used as a reference for discussion employs it visuals and imagery are not ethical and can have long term effects on frequent viewers (Sevenhuijsen, 202). Take the example of the survival tactic of the survivors in the show The Walking Dead; it involves the merciless killing of the zombies which in this case is showed to include chopping off the body parts of the zombies. The film does not censor any of these images leaving behind several ethical questions on the minds of the viewers and analysts.
Moral behaviors of characters in the film should be shown in a way that encourages humanity. Some television shows have assigned characters a specific role that does not come along with good morals which also makes television shows prone to immorality. Immorality does not only center on sexual aspects of films but also on moral characters such as being trustworthy, being reliable and even kind.
For example, based on this, we can use the analysis a prisoner named Randal who having witnessed Rick his close associate being killed by a group of people is aware of their hideout and finds himself confused whether to lead the zombies to their hideout. Randall goes against the moral nature of human beings to show compassion and sympathy and leads the Zombie to the group of people in their hideouts. Good films should be able to have moral teachings able to improve on the personalities of human beings (Sevenhuijsen 456). When films like these do not have any moral teachings and themes in their plots, then it gets difficult to establish the extent to which they are morally structured.
However, strong support for television shows as being justified ethically. Many people argue that television shows have the sole role of entertaining their viewers and their moral arguments depend on the motive behind the film. It is, however, important to note that there has not been a proper laying of laws that can strictly control the kind of audience for these films. The films should, therefore, have some bit of morals having in mind the audience of such films is wide.
Television shows have continued to be an important part of the entertainment industry. Although they are meant to entertain us, they can also have adverse effects on viewers. These effects can be in the form of moral deterioration. Two of such shows that have raised morals questions as analyzed in this paper include The Walking Dead and Westworld. The two films are a depiction of how many television shows lack morals should have the inclusion of ethics when filming them.
My Personal Code Of Ethics Essay
Ethics is mostly connected with the effects of people’s behavior on others. Moat ethicists believe that the rules for discovering the most effective actions are common in most cultures. The guidelines include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness among others. Ethics also follow activities that do not encourage human suffering and that supports an egalitarian society and promotes happiness. Ethics without action are worthless since planning and drafting ethics does not serve the purpose. For ethics to be practical, people and organizations need to abide by ethical guidelines, perform their daily duties with fairness for the society to benefit from ethics. Therefore, ethics is critical in our daily lives since it determines our credibility, the satisfaction of basic human needs and improves our decision-making skills.
The funeral exercise reflects on personal values and enables us to think about what people would say about them in our absence. In my absence, I would like people to celebrate my life talking about the good things I did when I was alive. I would like to leave a positive impact in friends and family members in a way that when they think about me, they remember my personal values and how I upheld morals. The kin of life I am living truly goes in line with the person I would wish to become. I value others and most importantly treat them the same way I would like to be treated.
Sigmund Freud is known as the pioneer of psychoanalysis, a comprehensive form of therapy that evaluates a person’s life, especially during their early childhood years to understand the psychological ailments. Sigmund also covered personality intensively; one of his theories suggesting that the human mind has three parts, the ego, the id and the superego (Gentile, 2010). The five people five attributes exercise on the other hand reflects on the five dominant personality traits that affect or form people’s character. Below are the five personality traits:
Openness and Experience: This attribute is best described as the complexity and depth of a person’s experiences and mental life. Transparency and experience is also referred to as imagination and intellect. The attribute follows a person’s willingness to try new things, to think outside the box and to be vulnerable. Some of the most common traits that are connected to experience and happiness include imaginative, insightful, daring, preference for variety and creativity (Parks-Leduc, Feldman & Bardi, 2015). I believe that I am high on this attribute since I have the love for learning new things, engage in creative hobby’s and love meeting new people. People who are low in openness to experience mostly prefer routine over a variety of activities and prefers less of creative hobbies and activities.
Conscientiousness: conscientiousness is described as the ability to control impulses and act in socially acceptable behavior and facilitated goal-oriented behavior. Conscientious individuals can delay gratification, plan, organize and work with the rules. I discovered that I have this attribute since; I excel on the ability to delay gratification, patience and the ability to work with guidelines in my daily activities. I can attribute my success in studies due to the ability to follow instructions, plan for studies and the ability to predict occasions. Similarly, people who are low in conscientiousness often fail to accomplish their goals and choose to postpone major events without reasons. I identified this attribute in class when conducting group activities with other students. While other people find it tiring to plan for group activities, I found it interesting and always wanted to be the planner. Similarly, I also discovered this attribute when evaluating my consistency in personal class activities and group activities.
Extroversion: Extroversion follows two familiar ends of a similar spectrum, introversion, and extroversion. Extroversion and introversion describe where an individual draws energy through their interaction with others. Extroverts draw their energy by interacting with other people while introverts shun interacting with others and draw their energy from within themselves. Extroversion is another essential attribute since it allows me to communicate with others, make new friends and make professional connections. Unlike other people who get bored when interacting, I feel always free and jubilant when sharing my feelings and ideas from friends, classmates, and family.
Studies indicate that it is better to be an extrovert since extroverts learn new things from others, learn about other people’s suffering and avoid getting stressed. I discovered my introvert nature because I always felt lonely and uncomfortable when spending my time in solitude. I found that I am more energetic and happy around people, and this has helped me on many occasions. Being friendly, assertive and outgoing are other indicators that made me learn about my extrovert nature. I also tend to seek out new opportunities for interacting with new people, feel comfortable around friends a choose action over contemplation.
Agreeableness: This is another critical value that enables me to interact with others ethically. Agreeable people tend to value tradition, benevolence, and conformity while trying to avoid placing too much value on power, the pursuit of personal pleasures and achievement (Gentile, 2010). I believe that agreeableness is one of my core values since I am motivated by the desire to accomplish social obligations or follow guidelines and the concern for other people’s awareness. My positive family and peer relationships, forgiveness and gratitude are some of the indicators that enabled me to discover this core value. High agreeableness is closely connected to healthy midlife adjustment and strong social support (Eisenberg, Reykowski & Staub, 2016). However, too much agreeableness can be dangerous since it may discourage an individual from achieving personal goals and focusing too much effort on family and friends. Therefore, I plan to adjust this value and ensure it does not prevent me from achieving personal goals.
Tale of Two Stories
I decided to speak up because according to ethics, communication is paramount and the best way to resolve issues is being the first person to speak.
I drew my motivation from my attributes, the ability to face situations rather than ignore. I also used my ability to listen and understand before deciding whether to speak up. Sometimes the difference between agreement and disagreement is the ability to take action.
I would have liked to engage my fellow workmates in a conversation, to sum up, the scenario and discuss about the importance of recognizing that all of us are capable of acting on our values.
One day my values conflicted what was expected of me, and I failed to speak up at a board meeting. My confidence to engage others and my extrovert nature would have made it easier for me to speak and act. Most people fail to act or speak due to the fear that the situation will worsen, but speaking up eases tension and enables others to shares their feelings. My ability to engage others would have been helpful
One of the experiences that remind me about the importance of morals and upholding personal values is one day at work when the senior manager called me at his office to discuss lateness, but I forgot to go and failed to act when I realized my mistake.
I failed to address the issue since I thought the senior manager had forgotten and moved on.
I feel guilty that I did not respond, despite the fact that I had various personal values that would have helped me to address the problem.
My outgoing character would have enabled me to face the manager and address the issue professionally since I find it easy to start conversations and interact with my colleagues.
My personal, professional purpose is to serve as a leader, apply ethical principles and live a balanced life. Similarly, my description of personal success is being consistent in my daily activities and treating people I interact with on with a daily basis with respect and fairness.
My personal goals include achieving my dreams and the realization of the organization. My professional dreams include climbing the corporate ladder and attaining the highest level of management at work to help the organization achieve its mission. The business career is diverse, and I plan to build an immense network of professional individuals who can help me increase my experience. I hope to impact my fellow workmates by motivating them to apply ethics and personal values in the working environment. I want to feel free at work and be able to share ideas with colleagues and friends, at the end of it, I want to be able to achieve the same in the society and live a happy life.
One of the past experiences that remind me of the importance of upholding personal values was few months ago when a quarrel ensued after one of my colleagues used another colleague’s computer without consent. When the argument began, I tried calming down the two parties so that they could calm down, but the situation worsened. The two parties turned against me, citing that I was poking into their business and that I should leave them alone. However, I reflected upon my values and decided not to let the harsh words get to my head. Firstly, I decided to use the value of agreeableness to agree with the two, and show them I interrupted because I care for their well-being.
Conscientiousness is another integral value that was useful in the scenario since it is effortless to use negative language, but conscientiousness allows a person to control impulses and stay calm. When two people engaged in a fight remain calm, they can think and reflect on their actions. In the end, the colleague who logged into the other’s computer accepted his mistake and apologized, and the aggravated colleague also apologized for using harsh words.