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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Morals, In Reality

Why is it that when people find there are distasteful, unethical or immoral things going on around them that seem to be out of control their response is so often, "oh well, if I can't make things the way they should be, I might as well take advantage of the situation." Stated like this it is a ludicrous notion for anyone with an ounce of moral fiber. However when you take it as applied to many of the current problems facing society, you start to get the feeling that some of the people who are supposed to be protecting us are actually some of our worst enemies.

Financial Institutions:
There is no such thing as ethics on Wall Street. There are laws and there are profits. If you can find a way around a law to get more profits, that is valued, rewarded, praised and imitated. Regardless of whose money you risk, whose jobs you cut, which competitors you crush, which shady foreign dictator you bolster, which life-saving drugs you price out of reach, which foreign factory pays your slaves, or how much you pollute. Anything that brings profits is good.

Human Rights:
People are capable of some pretty awful things: murder, rape, war, terrorism, etc. Does that mean we can use these things to push our own agendas? If a woman is raped, why in the world is it even thinkable to side with the rapist? Why do people so often say they are "asking for it" by their behavior? You wouldn't use the same logic to condemn someone for crossing the street at a crosswalk if they're hit by a car that they couldn't see coming. Life is risk, we cannot always protect ourselves. Attacking the victims is unconscionable. We cannot say, "We need oil. Let's find a country we disagree with, invade them and take it over. Hey, we're getting rid of this bad guy, aren't we great?" "Terrorists are awful, but hey, they provide an excellent excuse to spy on my rivals and enemies."

Morals are not something we can leave at home when we go to work. Your most important work should always be to protect your loved ones. Every time you do something unethical, you are adding to the problems society and your loved ones face.

"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21)

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