In the Zeitgeist

You know when a concept has reached the mainstream when the Harvard Business Review publishes an article on moral injury in the workplace.

Two things I like about this article : it provides a working scale of moral dilemma and it offers prescriptive advice. That said, the advice is rather shallow.

I’m not sure how I feel about moral injury being applied to everyday situations. In some ways it feels good to not being a fringe voice shouting in the wilderness. On the other hand, it feels like it cheapens the whole experience of those facing psycho-spiritual destruction of the self. The guilt one feels for a decision in business that one can walk away from at any time with minimal repercussions feels very different than the moral dilemma of a soldier having to kill or be killed. The case of a high stakes whistle blower is perhaps more palatable with the idea of moral injury. There the stakes are potentially lifetime unemployment or even outright corporeal danger, something required by the very definition of trauma. Crisis of conscience, like the example of spying on remote employees cited in the article are a far cry from the debilitating effects of war.

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