Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The 'Right' Thing

If we do the right thing for the wrong reason is it still the right thing? I say, yes, it's still doing the right thing which is what makes a difference after all. Recently I read a news story where the worker of a donut shop was being robbed. The young man behind the counter considered the security camera recording the event and decided to clobber the robber with a ceramic cup rather than run away because ...

"...but Hoffmann admits he was less worried about the stolen cash than how he might look on the video-sharing site YouTube.

“What was going through my mind at that point was that the security tape is either going to show me run away and hide in the office or whack this guy in the head, so I just grabbed the cup and clocked the guy pretty hard,” Hoffmann told The Record of Bergen County.

He did scare off the thief, which is pretty important, but I would prefer to hear of people doing the right thing because of inner character rather than peer adulation. Oh well ... whatever gets us there.

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