Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ethics---at what expense?

To what length would you right a wrong?

If someone steals your idea, would you try to set the record straight?

Flash of Genius is an interesting portrayal of the length a man took to claim his invention. Sure, stealing another's idea is wrong. But at what point are human relationships more important? Or are they?

This true story about inventor vs. industry will undoubtedly sway you toward the underdog if he were without relationships. But...he is not; neither are we. Everything we do affects others in our web of life. What do we risk? What are we willing to lose?

The story that Flash of Genius is based upon is interesting, but the underlying theme of ethics in relationships is thought provoking.


Anne said...

I just watched this movie this week, and it wasn't what I thought it was. I thought it would be an inspiring story of someone beating the odds. Instead, it was really sad.

Dennis Kearns said...

Like so much of life, things aren't always black and white.

The movie isn't about IWW systems. It's about the choices each of us must make each day. The choice of the people at Ford to steal, the choice to attempt to right the wrongs,the choice to test and trust the sytem, the choice to have priorities.

As his son I recognize that his nervous breakdown limited his choices. I'm proud to have been a part of ths movie and the reality.

Lynda Detloff said...

Having known a little about this story before the movie came out I was suprised to see just how determined this family was to stand by their principles. It has taught me the meaning of endurance and perserverance. Even it things don't turn out exactly as planned we can learn so much along the way.

TTA said...

Mr. Kearns,

Thank you so much for your comment. I feel privileged to have you read my meager thoughts about your father's story and to leave your comment.

I often feel in the midst of certain situations that taking the "high" road, the ethical stand, the right way results in difficulty in relationships. And when the conflict is resolved, it is not always a bed of roses.

I admire the tenacity your father had. If the portrayals were accurate, your father stuck to his principles against some seemingly impossible odds.

But, when the relationship between your mom and dad was so damaged that the marriage dissolved, I was really sad.

This is the relationship I was pointing out in my comment. Life is full of messies. And it is so complicated trying to do what is right in all situations.

Again, thank you for your comment.

Anonymous said...

This "case" stands out as one of the first I was taught as I was being trained to be a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. How interesting to me that years later a movie has been made. I will definitely see, because I have always wondered what happened.

Anonymous said...

heres a blog for you, Dennis' girlfriend who is my brother in laws mother commited suicide on the 16th with a gun belonging to Dennis...there is a story for you.