How many times have people tried to solve their problems with general solutions? To what end? A quick but not realistic solution?
When scandals in the banking, automotive, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries make news, what are their solutions? Can there be a true solution without holding those who caused the issues accountable for the decision? Companies do not cause ethical issues; they are caused by people who work in those companies. Dealing with those people needs to be a non-negotiable solution to that particular problems. Fines, settling out of court, punishing those who revealed the issue, etc., should not be acceptable “solutions.” to these individual issues.
General solutions are a bandaid approach to an artery problem. It may stop the blood flow for awhile, but it won’t resolve the issue long term. Specific issues require specific solutions, not general solutions that “water down” the issues and its importance to be resolved.
There can be no general solutions to ethics issues. This may not be true, however, of compliance issues. To create general solutions to ethics issues is to demean the issue itself as not important enough to recognize the importance of solving the issue or it as a priority.
The reality is that in any area of life, there really can’t be general solutions to a specific problem. That being said, what and how are we doing to stop this “escape of dealing with the problem?”