In Germany, Professionalism is given high significance. Any person who has a decent title, reference, diploma or certificate is treated with respect. ‘The Lives of Others’ supports this societal value prevailing in Germany (Internations.org).
The film shows that Wiesler returns to Stasi headquarters after Sieland dies due to attempted suicide and typewriter is not discovered after second search of Dreyman’s apartment. Wiesler is demoted to Department M. this demotion of Wiesler indicate that it is a highly disgraceful punishment. Grubitz believes that Wiesler had not fulfilled his job duties honestly thus his career was over. As a punishment and humiliation, Wiesler was demoted.
This shows that in German society positions, titles and promotions are highly important to people. Whenever a position, title or promotion of any person is improved, the respect received by that person is also enhanced (Internations.org). Thus Wiesler was humiliated by demotion to Department M. Department M was known as the department where disgraced agents were sent.
Although Wielser had taken the correct actions, he was demoted. His moral and ethical principles were so strong that he did not waver from them. He constantly performed his duties by investigating Dreyman and his friends but whenever he felt that injustice was being done against Dreyman Wiesler always came to rescue him. However Wielser remained in the shadows.
The film ‘The Lives of Others’ has presented the concept of ethical responsibility. It is the responsibility of the people to take a stand against unethical conditions and situations (Spiritualityandpractcie.com). The world needs ethical people who value one another and make efforts to create an ethical environment.
At many stages the film portrays unethical behavior of its characters to display how many people are involved in such actions. Even though Dreyman, his friends and Wiesler were good people, at some points they conducted unethical behavior.
Dreyman used a smuggled typewriter to publish an article. Although his intentions were correct because he wanted people to know how the rate of suicide is constantly increasing and it is being ignored by the authorities. No records were being maintained of suicide attempts in East German at that time. Dreyman wanted to publish the article anonymously so he made use of the smuggled typewriter.