The Governor of Oregon resigned last week due to what was referred to as ”ethical lapses.”
This got me thinking as to what’s the difference between an ethical lapse and an ethical violation?
Could an ethical lapse be: a. Just a honest mistake in judgment?
b. A more emotion based decision?
c. A perception that the decision/issue is not that important to take
d. The catalyst to other so called “lapses?”
Could an ethical violation be: a. A deliberate choice to “break the law.?
b. A situation where consequences are not a key priority in
making a decision?
c. A “who will know” motivation?
d. A person’s values were not clear or even a consideration?
Regardless of how each is defined, how are the outcomes and consequences meted out? Are ethical lapses somewhat “excused,” consciously not dealt with, etc.? Is an ethical lapse less important than an ethical violation?
Should a lapse be ignored and a violation punished? If so, why and what would be the criteria?
It seems that a “lapse” isn’t that important and maybe should be lightly dealt with, if at all.
I wonder what the former Governor of Oregon thinks?