January 23, 2011

Paulo Coelho and Sean Parker on Ethics/Values

This dialogue between Napster/Facebook elite, Sean Parker and Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist among others, is great. There is a couple interesting things that I noted though. At the beginning of the clip (00:25) the two are discussing the importance of values, ethics. But as I read further on Coelho's blog, I noticed a post on ethics of leaders.

Putting the two together--which is a bit unfair I know--there's a distinction and difference between personal and social ethics. Social ethics take a higher value while personal ethics seem a bit fuzzier, as long as your social ethics are high.

Like I said, I know this is pulling two references out of context. But they do appear on the same page of his blog if that counts for anything (kind of like when I said that I was going to post more substantive material and then the next post was a zombie attack checklist). But this seems to be a common and current thread within our culture. We want a higher social ethic while simultaneously demanding loser standards for our own personal behavior.

Does this work? Can you have one without the other? Isn't a culture built upon the ethics of those individuals that make it up?

I'm curious to hear your opinions. I have my own. But I'll hear from you first.

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