I recently ran across a list of "Ten Principles of Social Work" - the governing code of the social work profession. The first one is "Human Dignity":
"Dignity of the human person is the ethical foundation of a moral society. The measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person." [emphasis added]
I got to thinking - what if we all took responsibility for ensuring that our organizations enhanced the life and dignity of every human person?
Obviously we'd need to start with some clear operational definitions for the terms "threatens" and "enhances." And we'd also need to clarify what is meant by "the human person" - i.e., do we agree to assume that all humans have a spirit and that the spirit should be cared for also? etc.
But that would be a really interesting discussion, wouldn't it?