Conscience

AE “It is ironic that the virtues of loyalty, discipline and self-sacrifice that we value so highly in the individual are the very properties that create destructive engines of war and bind men to malevolent systems of authority.

Each individual possesses a conscience which to a great or lesser degree serves to restrain the unimpeded flow of impulses destructive to others. But when he merges his person into an organisational structure, a new creature replaces autonomous man, unhindered by the limitations of individual morality, freed of humane inhibition, mindful only of the sanctions of authority”                                                                              Milgram

Chilling words….I am not sure what the answer to this is given the size (and inate authority) of our healthcare system? Perhaps if we try to move our consciences beyond being the little voice inside our heads that says we might get caught, then we may reduce the number of future healthcare scandals?

 

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