Honesty and integrity, two compass points of good character, seem to be in small supply lately. The joy of recent Olympic victories was tainted by stories of performance enhancing drug use. Earlier in the year, headlines reported the unethical business practice of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal. Our faith in man’s moral compass takes a beating!
The New York Times invited experts to comment on whether “the pervasiveness of cheating” has made moral behaviour passé. Considering the damage to companies’ reputations (and negative hits to profits) and the banning from competition of athletes that tested positive for drugs, their conclusion was that the risk is not worth taking.
However, the insistent noise of the world suggests that “everybody does it” or “it’s OK if you don’t get caught”! With acute insight, Christian author Mary Baker Eddy penned: “Fear of punishment never made man truly honest.” And C.S. Lewis was spot on when he concurred: “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is looking!”Continue Reading