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Doing the Right Thing

Posted by mcm0704 on July 8, 2010 |

One time when I was riding in the car with my father late at night, he stopped at a red light and waited until it turned green even though there was no traffic coming the other way. We were way out in the country and had not seen another car for an hour. I asked him why he didn’t just go through the light, and he said “because I shouldn’t.”

Perhaps that was a little silly.  Who, besides me, was going to know that he stopped or didn’t stop. But it was important to him to do the right thing, even when it may seem silly.  That was just part of his makeup. Do the right thing even when nobody is looking.

Personal responsibility.

In today’s world it seems like there is less personal responsibility and more reliance on laws to protect our well-being.  Every time there is a catastrophe, we turn  to the government to fix it. Pass a law to regulate tobacco. Pass a law to regulate the amount of fat in food. Pass a law to make people wear seat belts. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if people took more responsibility for their well-being, and the government could then focus on what government should be doing? What do you think?

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