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  • Writer's pictureKarl Walker-Finch

Doing the right thing

Updated: Jun 15

You will always be able to justify your actions, even when such actions may be detrimental to those around you, you will be able to justify them, otherwise, you wouldn't have done it.

Being able to justify your actions does not make them right.

I do not need to start listing historical figures who committed atrocities in their time/country/business and yet more often than not, these figures were revered by some at least. I don’t believe anyone acts with malice without provocation, and when committing what outwardly appear to be malicious acts they will always be able to justify their actions.

We all make thousands of decisions every day, most are mundane, but many will have a subsequent impact on our own lives and the lives of those around us.

If you make a decision that benefits only you to the detriment of other people, it is wrong.

When we are under stress, we are far more likely to take unethical decisions, though we will still always be able to justify them (often using this stress as our excuse). It’s important to be aware of this particularly in the present climate as we are all walking a very difficult and unchartered path.

Remember to take a few extra seconds to make decisions that will impact those around you, particularly when stressed. It is all too easy to take the decision that yields a short-term personal gain, simultaneously being to the detriment of those around you or those who are indirectly affected by your actions.

We all have our own moral code to live by and we must take ownership of the decisions we make, even when we're stressed.

“it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.”

Martin Luther King Jr - Letter From Birmingham Jail

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