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November 28, 1908

THE FOUNDATION OF ETHICS.

JAMA. 1908;LI(22):1875. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540220047010
Abstract

The reinstatement of ethics as an essential constituent of all practicable social and business relations moves onward. Business organizations are beginning to realize that without a general adhesion to sound principles of right conduct commercial anarchy must ensue. The basic idea of this proposition was clearly grasped and enunciated at a recent dinner of the Chicago Business Science Club. "It is well," said one speaker, "to strike at the serpents of greed and graft wherever they show their heads, but that is not enough; we must kill not only the serpents but their eggs, we must destroy their seed.... In a few years all of us will have been replaced by the generations now in the public schools. We must get back to the public schools to inculcate the science of right conduct in business." Here lies the root of the matter. It is in education—that is, not mere instruction

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