Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Make it Right

SAY NO TO DIRTY MONEY.

Turn down a project, a lucrative business. Let me rephrase. Turn down money people want to give to you. Sounds crazy right? But the sword of justice (a.k.a. The Power of NO) has to be wielded from time to time, followed by a smackdown of WHY.

After consulting for a web business I really believed in, whose products offered children positive, enriching activities, the client was really impressed. He was so impressed he wanted to involve me in another web business, this time the nature of the business is the filth of the internet, if you know what I mean. It was inconceivable to me that the same owners could be improving children’s lives on one side only to be ambushing the children with something else somewhere down the line!

I politely turned it down. They politely counter-offered, citing how profitable this venture would be for me. I turned them down again. They came back again trying to point out how I wouldn’t be directly involved and I would only need to offer my expertise behind the scenes. Someone has to make that money, so why not us, right?!

WRONG! Separating business from your conscience is how such filth begins and proliferates. YOU CANNOT COMPARTMENTALIZE MORALS, VALUES, SPIRITUALITY AND HUMANITY. These things have to be ACTIVELY utilized in EVERY ASPECT of our lives, otherwise we are no better than an animal or computer or rock. Compartmentalizing these things is as absurd as thinking cigarette smoke stays in the “smoking section.”

I cannot stand by and be ok with people embracing their own regression to caveman status, and I definitely cannot stand by and allow them, let alone support them, in pulling down others of the human race.

It seems today’s world is one of over-tolerance. Where everyone accepts everyone else, even if it’s things morally wrong, because they themselves want a free pass when they do something wrong. It seems if everyone accepts everyone else, there’s no wrong because we all accept it. Oh, how naive that is.

A strong society is built on people’s ability to self-govern. Decoded, that means people must have their own morals and values that they will stick to (however illogical it seems because of the sums of money waiting for them.)

I gave this client a 20 mins verbal smackdown. Haven’t heard from him since.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO HOLD FAST TO YOUR MORALS AND VALUES WHEN THE LOGICAL OPTION WAS TO GO AGAINST IT?


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