Carroll: New seven deadly sins have relevance to business
Athens Banner-Herald | Story updated at 3:34 pm on 2/21/2009
My last column addressed the “old” seven deadly sins. That list included pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth.
To be sure, each of these in various forms can have adverse consequences as they are manifested in the workplace.
Today’s subject is the set of “new” deadly sins as articulated by the Vatican last year. Reverberating from the seven cardinal vices, set forth by Pope Gregory I in the 6th century, the new list combines a social dimension, according to Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, the Vatican spokesman.
…The new seven mortal sins include: genetic modification, human experimentation, polluting the environment, social injustice, causing poverty, financial gluttony and drug abuse. Each of these has a business ethics dimension and relevance today…
► The category of human experimentation apparently is directed toward some morally dubious (embryonic) stem-cell research.
According to a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, the debate over (embryonic) stem-cell research centers on the basic question regarding the moral status of a human embryo.
The public has been divided on (embryonic) stem-cell research. A recent survey found that 61 percent of the adults polled supported it and 31 percent opposed it.
One big issue in this arena seems to be how the embryos were obtained…