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Looking the other way


As a follow up to my earlier post about business ethics, I want to expand on something I left out.

It is one thing to be ignorant about a matter but quite another when people knowingly look the other way. If a business is doing something evil, we can't look the other way. If we do, then we are part of the problem.

Who looks the other way? Someone who doesn't care. Someone who can't think beyond him or herself. Someone who is, unfortunately, rather common.

As idealistic as I am, I don't believe most people would call out evil. Most people would simply keep quiet and let evil happen. Because it takes courage and fortitude to speak up and do something about it. It costs too much personally and financially. And sadly, very few people love others enough to protect them. In the case of business, dollar signs have clouded their sense of humanity.

So people don't rock the boat. They are too comfortable. The cost-benefit calculus prevents them.

Well, don't be like them. Be different. Care. Love. Grow your heart. Speak up. Do something. Let your feet go. Be ornery if you must. Being "nice" during these times is actually not nice at all. Others depend upon you. A few might follow in your leadership. But even if they don't, you can at least go knowing you did good. Although you are just one person, you'd do more good than everyone who keeps quiet combined. You're an army of one. You know the real art of war. You're a genius of peace and love. ☮❤

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