An Equitable Assessment of Rights and Wrongs
by Dr Michael Nassim
9. The Society versus the Individual
The Society versus the Individual
The Society is not one person,
but has many members and advisers, all of whose comprehension and influence are
limited. It also comprises a legacy from the dead and departed. How, then, can
any one be fully aware of what another intends or intended, did, is doing or not
doing? Can that one be always accountable for the other? And if so, what can he
or she in turn do? And yet some members must be more capable than others; thus
senior officers and Directors are very influential, of necessity very
knowledgeable, and beyond that responsible.
If a senior officer dissembles or conceals, more peripheral and junior
employees cannot always know, let alone suspect, that the basis for their
actions has been falsified. Hence in the same organisation negligence and
ignorance can compound and exacerbate a deception, but not everyone is equally
to blame. Yet because the bad link
faults the chain, the Society comes to bear the collective responsibility.
Hence the Society may have to assume the whole burden, if not always the
stigma, of the most culpable individuals employed in its name, or even sometimes
on its behalf.