The discovery of ethical intelligence widened the possibilities of individuals to manage their own future. Ethical intelligence defines how people generate added value, influence the environment, manage time, build strategies and focus on reality. Ethical intelligence provides the structural logic to survive, earn value, add value, acquire and manage knowledge and deal with the nature of reality. It is the “mother” of all the intelligences. It defines the true intentions of individuals that are observable in the consequences of their actions.
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The higher the level of ethics an individual wants to achieve, the higher the prices s/he has to pay, not only to achieve such level but also to maintain it.
A notorious aspect is that although being the less conscious intelligence, its evolution empowers the possibilities of the functional intelligences of individuals.
Even though there is a natural pathway for the evolution of ethical intelligence, it can be fostered or inhibited, depending on the prices individuals are willing to pay and the influence of the environment.
The natural pathway
When babies are born, they are naturally driven by the survival ethics, which defines their behavior. Babies would die if they did not follow the rules of survival ethics. Instinctive behavior is driven by this ethics.
Children are such when they are driven by value earning ethics, which allows them to grow appropriating what they need from the environment. This is also the definition of a childish behavior in adults.
Adolescence is the next stage which, being a transition, drives back to survivors ethics.
Adolescence ends when individuals begin to add value to the environment.
They do not need to go back to childhood; the stage of appropriating value as a goal has passed. The ideals adolescents have define their need to find a place in the world while they foster the expansion of the value adding ethics.
Adulthood begins when individuals decide to influence the environment and not only be influenced by it.
When it becomes necessary to have grounded knowledge, this need drives the individual towards the development of the foundation ethics.
When individuals assume the responsibility of the species, in a restricted or wide sense, the conceptual ethics begins to be necessary and is developed based on the universal added value they are willing to deliver.
After the “plateau” of life passed, individuals have two alternatives: they use lower levels of ethics in order to consume less energy or they achieve a level of wisdom that allows them to reduce the energy consumed by increasing the value they add.
Individuals have the possibility of increasing their ethical intelligence, which increases the functionality of all their functional intelligences.
Scarcity fosters superior ethical intelligence while abundance and poverty inhibits, for opposite reasons, its evolution.
The context of the research
The objective of the research on the drivers of human behavior, led by Peter Belohlavek was to find how human intelligence deals with its purpose which is allowing individuals to adapt to the environment. It requires experiencing the use of intelligence and confirming the results produced, after having developed the destructive and non-destructive tests, following the unicist methodology for complexity science research.
This process began with the discovery that human conscious actions are driven by the concept individuals have of what is being done. It demonstrated that individuals can only assume the responsibility for the results of what they are doing if they have the concept of it. It was based on considering human beings in their complexity and the application of the principles of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature.
Fallacies and paradoxical results are produced when individuals do not have the necessary knowledge or are driven by anti-intelligence.
This research implied experiencing for more than 35 years until the knowledge became fully reliable. The research allowed integrating existing knowledge on human intelligence with the discoveries that deal with conceptual intelligence and what was named the ontointelligence where ethical intelligence defines the final purpose of human actions.
The Unicist Ontology of Ethical Intelligence
Ethical intelligence is the intelligence that structures stable and dynamic rules that determine the action of the individual in his environment. It determines his capacity to add value, his influence on the environment and on others and his time management.
On the one hand, the rules are stable since they respond to a purpose that is defined by the level of ethics within which the individual acts.
On the other hand, the rules are dynamic, because despite the fact that the individual is at a certain level, he is capable of determining alternative strategies that satisfy the objective he is seeking within that level.
Ethics is defined as a set of rules that are functional to a situation and to a certain perception of an accepted moral, and are supported by a complementary ideology.
From an institutional point of view, five levels of ethics have been found that sustain the behavior of the individuals in institutions.
- Ethics of survival
- Ethics of the earned value
- Ethics of added value
- Ethics of foundations
- Conceptual ethics
The Ethics of survival
The ethics of survival is the type of ethics prevailing within the marginal areas of a culture or the marginal cultures.
The functional structure of this type of ethics is based on the need to survive. People having this type of ethic permanently expect to avoid threats and use their strengths to compensate for their weaknesses.
For this reason people behaving according to this type of ethics are always concerned with avoiding costs or passing them onto others so as to earn as much value as possible thus securing their survival.
The individual that acts according to this type of ethics exercises influence upon others who are in the same situation, based on survivor-pacts. His time management is based on “the moment”, sustained by reactions based on intuition. He has a reactive tactical approach to reality.
S/he focuses on surviving and avoiding risks.
The ethics of the earned value
This type of ethics seeks to add the minimal value possible to generate an earned value and to minimize costs in order to assure the subsistence level.
The individual behaving on the basis of such ethics exercises influence upon the ones who behave in accordance with the ethics of survival and upon the ones that add less value than he does.
He is able to manage short-term problems. Short-term is the lapse between adding value and generating the corresponding earned value. He has a tactical active approach to reality.
S/he focuses on maximizing his benefit.
The ethics of added value
This is the type of ethic that maximizes the added value to the environment seeking to optimize the relationship between added value and cost.
The individual who acts on the basis of this type of ethics exercises influence upon the ones who manage the ethics of survival, the ethics of earned value and upon those that need to add more value than what they are adding.
Such individual manages the medium-term, which is the time to transform knowledge into added value. He develops medium-term strategies.
S/he focuses on the value he is adding.
The ethics of foundation
The ethics of foundation is used by individuals that consider that added value is secured by knowledge.
The goal of such ethics is that the foundations or groundings for work be reasonable, understandable and proven.
The individual behaving on the basis of such ethics bears influence on the ones who manage the ethics of survival, the ones using the ethics of the earned value, the ones using the ethics of added value and on those who have less knowledge than he does to act within their environment.
Such individual manages the long-term, which is the time span between discovering a concept and transforming it into useful knowledge. He develops long-term strategies.
S/he focuses on the security of the knowledge.
The conceptual ethics
This is the intelligence used to maximize the added value by using a high level of energy to materialize the need to give.
Individuals behaving according to this type of ethics exert influence on the entire environment because of their energy. They manage universal time that is the time of the cycles, with no time limitations.
They do not take into account their own existence. They develop strategies using the available, possible and expected forces.
S/he focuses on achieving the truth.
The case of the Stagnant Survivor’s Ethic
Stagnant Survivors are individuals with a complex driven behavior that sustains the parallel reality they live in and the responsibility avoidance they need to exert to be in a comfort zone.
The paradox is that their comfort zone is a conflict zone for those who surround them.
Complexes drive individuals towards the ethics of survivors and generate a stagnated status at this ethical level.
Stagnant survivors cannot manage time. As they are survivors who deeply consider that they cannot avoid being where they are, they need to blame others and avoid managing time. Time management requires a Complex free behavior.
The stagnated status is based on a fallacious utopia that justifies their actions and forces them to exert power while they appropriate the value they need to feel comfortable.
The justifications are built upon fallacies to sustain their actions, beliefs and needs.
These fallacies are built using the “anti-intelligence” and “anti-intuition”; the higher the IQ the more consistent the fallacies are. They are in fact built to justify immoral or amoral actions without feeling responsible for them.
Power is exerted in three ways depending on the role they adopt:
- Savior: The power of Guilt
- Pursuer: The power of Fear
- Victim: The power of Pity
This power exertion provokes the reactions of the environment and endless conflicts.
The rotation of these roles avoids that stagnant survivors perceive that they provoke the conflicts and generates the perception of being a victim of the environment.
The appropriation of value by stagnant survivors is endless; because having no adapted place in the environment, their needs are endless.
All the materialistic, rational and emotional values they are given by others have no meaning for them and are disregarded.
Business Functionality of Ethical Intelligence
The discovery of ethical intelligence opened new possibilities to influence individuals’ evolution. Ethical intelligence in business defines the value adding possibilities, the influence on the environment, time management, strategic planning and focusing.
It has to be considered that in the business world different activities require different ethical approaches in order to be successful. For example:
A business is consistent when the individuals dealing with it have the ethics required by the activity.
When the ethics is inferior to what is needed, it necessarily inhibits growth installing a “business growth virus” in the organization.
If the ethics used by individuals is superior to what is needed, they install a “business profit virus” in the organization that increases costs and affects profitability.
Ethics is implicit in everyday actions, including language. Therefore, it can be defined, measured and fostered.
The rational knowledge of ethical intelligence has an enormous benefit for individuals in organizations in order to ensure consistency for growth and profitability.
Ethical intelligence establishes the game rules to run businesses. Different activities require different rules. Adapting to an environment requires respecting the rules of the reality one is dealing with.
– The use of the survivors’ ethical intelligence is functional to run small business and deal with conjunctural threats.
– The use of value earning ethical intelligence is functional to run distribution businesses and to increase profits.
– The use of added value ethical intelligence is functional to run industrial businesses and lead to market expansions.
– The use of the ethics of foundations is functional to run knowledge businesses and health businesses.
– The use of the conceptual ethical intelligence is functional to deal with research and complexity sciences.
There is a paradox in the human approach to ethics in business. Some people consider that “The higher the ethical level, the better the business”.
This is a fallacy. Running a business is like catching a train that is already running.
You have to run at the same speed to jump on it. If you are running slower than the train you won’t be able to catch it. If you are running faster than the train, you will not only miss the train but also waste your energy.
If you have a lower ethics than the one that is required by the business you will be downgrading it and losing market share.
If you have a higher ethics than what is required, you will lose market share and also money.
The systematic use of foundations is the natural catalyst for the development of ethical intelligence in the materialistic world.
The apparent paradox is that ethical intelligence is the deepest intelligence of the human mind, but at the same time it is the intelligence that evolves with the maturity of individuals and can be influenced.
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