As our nation continues to face the effects of the recession, graduates from around the country prepare to compete for the limited positions available. While many attempt to heal from from the plummeting market and the unforgivable Ponzi scheme by one of the our nations most vile citizens,Bernard Madoff, an wounded and untrusting America is left to ponder why only 20 percent of the graduating class have signed “The M.B.A. Oath,” a voluntary student-led pledge that the goal of a business manager is to “serve the greater good.” It promises that Harvard M.B.A.’s will act responsibly, ethically and refrain from advancing their “own narrow ambitions” at the expense of others.
Are those who chose to sign the voluntary student-led-pledge to be applauded? The applaud belongs to the parents of these young scholars and future leaders as they have found a way to shelter their children from the plague of social entitlement that runs rampid within our society. How is it that nearly 80% of Harvard’s graduating class elected to take a pass on signing this student-led-pledge? Are they leaving the door of advancement through exploitation open and closing the their minds to serving the greater good? I find this doubtful and am hopeful that the 80% simply did not see the need to sign such a document as it is a given that we are not to exploit our fellow man that we are here to serve the greater good leaving a legacy that one can be proud of.
The unfortunate exploitation by those in office and others give us opportunity to further teach our children some of the most basic human social graces. Kindness, the anit-bully campaign that is sweeping our nations schools to ensure safety for all children is purely based upon the simplest concept of kindness. Madoff’s crimes in their simplest form were unkind causing heartbreak to many including loss of life from despair.
Each day parents are presented with opportunities to teach their children the effects of choice. Making better choices is a invaluable life lesson. Seize each opportunity to better guide your child when confronted with choice. Perhaps when they are grown and encounter what some would find a “tough choice” they will remember a conversation of the past and find the answer, the ethical answer with ease.