I am insulted by the suggestion that I need a reason to do the right thing.
And it is disheartening to think that anyone needs a “reason” to behave themselves.
That said, wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where we do the right thing because we want to… not because we have to?
Not because we are being watched…
Not because we are “following the rules”…
Not because we fear what the neighbors might say…
Not because we fear what “the authorities” might do…
Not because we are being “a good Christian”, “a good Muslim”, “a good Jew”, “a good whatever.”
What more do we need than an ethics guided by love and logic, unblemished and undistorted by so many coercions and anxieties?
What better measure of character than to do the right thing when nobody is watching?
What better measure of character than to do the right thing… even when it is inconvenient, unprofitable, unpopular, heartbreaking, or dangerous?
What is more sacred than the conviction to trust my own conscience and the courage to act accordingly, regardless of the temporal or eternal consequences to myself?
Learn more… Coming Out: Caveat Emptor