The question of ethics is one of the ratio between standards and "reality ground", always uncertain, failing, corruptible. Compared to reality, the requirement of ethics perfection plays the driving role of orienting the action of people towards an ideal higher than practices. This tension between ideal normalcy and reality ultimately brings into play the ratio between future and past of each ones, in the unceasingly started play of the risk of decisions taken at present.
BIBARD, L. (2005). L'éthique et la question du temps. In: L'éthique individuelle, un nouveau défi pour l'entreprise. 1st ed. L'Harmattan, pp. 85-112.