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- Subject: Re: Affirmative Action
- From: "Dennis S. Wish PE" <wish(--nospam--at)cyberg8t.com>
- Date: Sat, 6 Jan 1996 19:24:54 -0800
However, I do believe that many of us, myself >included, harbour stereotypes unconsciously, and that our professional >decisions are necessarily influenced. > Yes, WE ALL harbour stereotypes whether we like to admit it or not. But the true test to our humanity is our ability to base a decision upon the knowledge that our *stereotypes* are best left to battle within our selves on a moral and ethical basis, but do not belong in our decision making ability. As intellegent beings, we have the ability to filter out that which we know is wrong or unacceptable behavior. Often the right decision is not the one that we want it to be, but as thinking beings we should be able to accept the fact that this answer is true both ethically and morally - regardless of our preconceived notions. This is the response based upon mature decision making - which is what we expect of all of those individules in a responsibile decision makeing position. Therefore, when we excuse ourselves by saying that "this is not a perfect world" - as I myself have in a previous response - we are simply making excuses for others to make wrong decisions. Those in authority should regard themselves and act - ethically and morally in a more responsibile manner than that which we describe. Possibly the better approach to affirmative action is to make the punishment for discrimination stronger than a repremand or demotion. Rather than treating it as a civil matter, treat it as a criminal matter - or better yet, leave the decision making based upon qualification to an elected group within a large business enviornement - voted for by the workforce. Where computers can be used to tally qualifications - use them. I've yet to meet a computer that can tell religion, race, sex or nationality based upon input. How about leaving all of the information that relates to a persons genetic grouping off of applications - where the determination is made after the facts have been evalutated and the contenders chosen on merit. As ridiculus as these ideas may sound - I'm sure our creative thoughts haven't exhaused all of the possibilities for fair play. Dennis Wish P.S. I have always paid those that worked for me equally or better. The be better the pay for a job performed the better the working relationship. Although I hire as consultants - since I run a small office, I find that none of these discriminating factors has ever entered into my decision. I look only for ability and responsibility to deliver work when promised. Maybe that's why all that have worked for me as consultants are the same ones that I used eight years ago. It makes for a better team.
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