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In the twentieth century, naturalism began to face rejection as most philosophers of
the modern era began to assume that their topics of discussion were in line with the sciences
in other words that ethics can be understood and explained in natural science. This is
generally referred to as ethical naturalism. Ethical naturalism begins with the identity of
goodness and how our interests can be satisfied through the preferred ways. An example is
finding ways of cubing our many desires so that they do not lead us into doing or acquiring
things outside the procedural scope. Ethics therefore is the good, the virtuous, the accepted,
the allowed, the correct, the recommended, the approved ways of doing things and activities.
Moreover, to some extent, ethics has depended on the human consciousness to survive and
dominant.
Aristotle, Socrates and Plato determined that ethics is the act that promotes one’s long
term benefit producing a great and stable balance of the good deeds over the bad ones. But
again it only the good deeds that count and that the outcome should not matter much than the
nature of the act (Heidenheimer, Arnold 2007).
Ethics on its own has some advantages and importance in society. First and foremost is to
stop and if not minimize the misuse of government office, embezzlement of public funds and
misuse of power by those individuals that hold high offices in governments. Ethics also helps

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prevent or further practices of political corruption likes bribery, extortion, patronage, vote
buying, embezzlement and even pork-barrelling.
Against all that ethics stands for is favourism. This is in term of nepotism, tribalism,
racism among other forms of favourism. For an economy that intends to grow economically
and bring up steady business empires should watch out on all forms of favourism because it
weakens the governance and performance of a state or economy. When bribes and gifts
become normal even if one intends to make the right decision ends up thinking twice about it.
Eventually the temptation of accepting the bribes kicks in and one then bases his or her
decision on unfair facts. Some studies have gone an extra mile to show that there is a negative
correlation between the quality of investments that governments carry out and
corruption(Hodess, Robin 2004).
The negative correlation between corruption and governance leads to loss of trust in
the public and governance. Poverty levels are in turn perpetuated as the poor are left out on
the sharing of resources. It also leads to people undermining the rules of law leading to even
worse situations. Take an example of an economy that nobody cares what the government
does in the name of losing hope and trust in them. It would not be surprising that the same
government will not retaliate or stop misusing public funds and keeping some for themselves
for private interests. Instead, embezzling, corruption will drag the whole economy to the
ground and drain the government funds to the last bit. There is a necessity of having ethical
factors in every economy to prevent such a scenario or rather save an economy from see the
dawn of such a situation.
In the political arena, ethics should be highly practised and widely exercised to reduce
the many cases of political manipulations in governments, organizations and businesses.
Lobbying of funds meant for campaigns is highly unethical but that is the order of the day for

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