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Doing the Right Thing

  1. tritrain profile image86
    tritrainposted 7 years ago

    I'm sitting in a coffee shop listening to two older men contemplating and discussing what the reasons are for doing the "right thing".  It's a very interesting discussion!

    What are you reasons?

    Is it to show your children the difference between right and wrong?

    Is it because you fear the consequences from breaking a law?

    Is it because you fear the consequences of your God or Creator?

    Is it your own moral beliefs?

    My main reason is my own sense of pride and honor.  I feel it's important to be a good person, simply for the sake of being good.  I'm not saying I'm always good and my own view of "right and wrong" may be different from others.

    But what about you?

    *I'll leave off with this old one.
    When I was 14 I couldn't stand my father.  I thought he was stupid and didn't know a thing. I didn't want to be around him. When I turned 21 I was surprised to find that my father knows quite a bit and is a good person. 

    I was surprised by how much he had learned in 7 years.


    1. pennyofheaven profile image80
      pennyofheavenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Because its what naturally arises

    2. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image95
      AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Rather like any typical fourteen year-old, then!  smile

      Doing the right thing...  I like the way you left room for  differences in definitions about "right", and I expect that's one subject which people will debate forever.  Each culture, and generation within each culture, has their own ideas about that; and history adds its own perspective, too.

      Maybe a person could approach the subject by asking what kind of a life they want to live in the long-term.

  2. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years ago

    ...i liked that memory you have of your father....you being 'surprised at how much he learned in 7 years'...

    1. mom101 profile image61
      mom101posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The right thing? Oh now that's easy. I'm kinda selfish when it comes to my sleep. I like good, sound sleep. The kind that a clean conscience brings.