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equivocation – the use of ambiguous
language to conceal the truth or avoid
committing oneself; prevarication.
prevaricate – speak or act in an
My graduate school business education
coincided with a reawakening of the
need to teach business ethics.
The phrase “situational ethics” had
gained popularity, and the results
of this equivocation had created its
After hours of classroom discussion,
we all realized that, in the end, no
matter how you look at it, truth is
truth and wrong, is usually, just
wrong. Although I find the concept
of sin archaic, right and wrong,
the golden rule, still seem to work
in confusing situations.
Individually, personally, when we
are faced with these questionable
issues, few of us would be confused
between right and wrong. But, on
the job, where group decisions are
the norm, a sort of group ethics is
encountered, and what seems
questionable may be explained
away, or just equivocated.
As the note below describes, these
times are not so easy for those
who resist. It takes a special kind
of courage to remind our co-corkers,
and especially our superiors, that
what is being considered: is just
No matter what some may say or do,
there is no partial truth or almost right –
these equivocations may soothe a
flexible conscience, yet the reality
of these misinterpretations are still
Even when the sleight of hand is
masterful, with no one likely to notice,
the art of deception leaves all involved
impacted – some through loss of value,
others through loss of personal worth.
These times are never easy for those
who must resist, those who must
remind those swayed that no one
has the right to promote a wrong,
no one has a right to take away
what has been earned, even in
the name of a higher purpose.
With Love, G.