Thursday, June 9, 2005

What the heck?

Why is it that we have such inane political deadlock over issues that have a clear right and a clear wrong?


My politics aside I have become so frustrated with politics. There is a wonderful book on the market titled Moral Courage by Rushworth M. Kidder. He makes the claim that in the Information Age, in the age of rationalism and communication physical courage is no longer the dominate trait most needed in men and women to survive.

Instead, he argues that we need moral courage to do what is right without the fear of persecution for making ethical decisions that we believe true. This is not to be confused with people that rationalize their decisions and hide behind a 'fiction' of right and wrong. This book makes the case that there are certain human traits valued by all people, such as trust and loyalty, and that all decisions are black and white - it is we that choose to make them gray out of fear of being accountable for our ethical decisions.

I agree completely - we need to examine ourselves and lay stake to our own Moral Courage.