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SOCIAL SCIENCES Professor of Business Professional Ethics Department of Management Studies Tel 868 662 2002 ext.8230 E-mail PROF. SURENDRA ARJOON Are you pre-occupied with being a wealthy person to have your name known and be admired by many peopleto hide the signs of aging to make friends with people who can be useful to you to pursue a comfort-seeking lifeto keep up with the latest fashionor to attend a wedding for the food and drink Do you get upset when you dont get your wayif someone gives you a bad-drive if your children dont behave the way you expectif someone speaks ill of youif you didnt get that promotion you deservedif life does not turn out how you wantif you have a lousy victimizing lecturer who does not prepare his or her work if your best friend betrays you when someone who you dont like gets a promotion or that person gets to the top by using some illicit means Do you often make choices to achieve maximum pleasure and minimize pain or suffering at any cost that you believe would bring happiness but ultimately turn out to be poor choices Then you may have an acute case of dragon-sickness At the beginning of the movie The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins life epitomizes the goodslife. He is self-centred and seeks as an end an easy going life acquiring all the material comforts and pleasures that life has to offer for self-gratification.This sounds like an attrac- tive way of life for which many strive. In fact ethical systems of hedonism and utilitarianism have been developed to support and rationalize such lifestyles. So what really is the problem here The answer is dragon-sickness.In the movieSmaugthe dragonlives in a place called Lonely Mountain which is filled with treasures and material wealth. Think about it of what practical use is all this wealth for a dragon He becomes so attached to this wealth that he goes berserk when he finds that one little trinket is missing. Many people view pleasure wealth power and being held in high esteem by others as the fount of happiness. The problem then is that one becomes a slave to such things and ends up being controlled by themthe possession possesses the possessor Dragon-sickness is an addiction or inordinate pursuit of and attachment to wealth lust of the flesh pleasure lust of the eyes honour and admiration lust for power that we believe will bring us happiness. Dragon-sickness is a seductive and insidious moral disorder or mental sickness that leads to unhappiness.We yearn to possess wealth social position public prestige professional appointments self-affirmation and validation by others as the aim in life. Not only that these things possess us but they involve endless worries and disappointments especially when there is a danger of losing them. In other words we lose our freedom and become victims at the mercy of peoples opinion or the prevailing dominant ideologies. The consequences of dragon-sickness are evil thoughts murder adultery fornication envy theft greed laziness false witness corruption bribery calumny detraction defamationand slanderin shortunhappiness. Professor Arjoons teaching research and practice attempt to cure dragon-sickness by using the latest teaching pedagogy theories and methods and andragogy practices that incorporate principles and virtues. In the field of business ethics he is currently internationally ranked fifth on the list of most cited articles for a specific article 12th among authors according to the number of articles published 14th on the number of citations in 135 virtue ethics article under study 15th on the number of citations in academic literature in general47th as one of the leading authors in Business Ethics Research and is recognized as one of three authors pioneering the development of the field on Enlightened Virtue Ethics. The UWI St Augustine Campus has been ranked as 2 in the world in Business Ethics Research based on mean weighted number of articles published in the leading journal in business ethics by institution. He is currently serving as Editor on Work Virtue and Happinessfor the Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Manage- mentSpringer. Source Ferrero I. and A. Sison. quantitative analysis of authors schools and themes in virtue ethics articles in business ethics and management journals 1980-2011. Business Ethics A European Review.2014234375-400 Source Chan K. Fung H. Yau J. 2009. Business Ethics Research A Global PerspectiveJournal of Business Ethics. Citations and Awards 2014 418 citations of my scholarly work including the New York Times Business Section the Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics and the Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics 2014 Ranked 5th internationally on the list of most cited articles for a specific article Virtue Theory as a Dynamic Theory of BusinessJournal of Business Ethics 2000 Ranked 12th internationally among authors according to the number of articles published Ranked 14th internationally on the number of citations in 135 virtue ethics article under study 132