Ethics in the modern world


Iram Farooq Rana
Without any ambiguity, this century is considered the most developed and fast-paced century, which has shaped the entire world into a global village. But sadly, in this modern century, the role of ethics is declining. Our society has been deprived of all such elements (for example, honesty, patience, tolerance, integrity and giving respect to each other) which are counted in the list of ethics. On the one hand, our society is making headway in technology and materialistic things, while on the other, the same society
has become a victim of unethical behaviour. Here, some common examples of everyday life can be narrated. Everybody in our society is witness to the unethical attitude and activities. Today, not only children but also young ones don’t show respect to anyone. On account of freedom of speech, they don’t bother with whom they are talking and what they are talking about. They use bitter and harsh words for their parents and elders without any hesitation. According to them, this expression is their right and it is dubbed a straightforward attitude. It doesn’t matter whether their attitude hurt someone badly or not. How horrible is this! Secondly, our society is witnessing the dearth and death of patience and tolerance. Even the most educated people present the worst visage of impatience and intolerance.
Our eyes have witnessed many scenes of this unethical behaviour. In our surroundings, everybody seems to be in a hurry; somebody is violating traffic signals, someone else is quarrelling with a shopkeeper, somebody doesn’t want to wait in a queue and uses their resources to break the queue, somebody is addressing employers or employees using foul language, somebody is throwing garbage in the streets and wrappers in the parks, others are spitting on the roads and walls, making fun of others’ physical appearance and being jealous of others’ success. The monster of corruption is hovering everywhere, the concept of honesty has disappeared and so much more. What is going on? The question is; what are the reasons behind this situation in our society. It is said that education brings
etiquettes and manners which are the essentials of ethics, and it creates the difference between man and animal, but sadly, nowadays, education only provides degrees, not ethics. The weak role of education is one of the main reasons in taking away ethics from our society. Some claim that social media is the murderer of ethics. Due to it, everybody lives in a fantasy world, far from reality. It has become like oxygen for everyone. Social media has transformed the lifestyle of everyone. Instead of using social media for useful purposes, it seems that it is controlling our lives. It has brought the whole
world to us on a screen, but sadly, it has created huge differences among relatives.