Saturday, November 18, 2006

Many People who think they are "good" are really not

The absence of evil does not mean that someone is "good." Yet many people who would never lie, steal, cheat, kill, or break the law, think of themselves as good people. Yet they may never do a stranger a kindness, put another ahead of themselves, or inconvenience themselves to help another.

A few days ago, I heard someone say that while he is looking for a job, he has no time to help anyone else. Yet, it is while looking for a job for oneself that one is most likely to come across an opportunity for another. I hear of many people who engage in questionable business practices, such as paying someone who is in a difficult financial position far less than it is worth for an idea or piece of property. No wonder that so many went along with back-dated stock options, channel-stuffing, or null trades.

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