Today I was driving the man I work for home. We got out of the car and I set the car alarm, two clicks to make the horn sound. He asked why I did it. I explained that I wanted potential criminals to know I have an alarm so they will leave my car alone. He laughed and said it was a good idea. Then he said, “knowing my luck, I would get caught either way.” That comment got me thinking.
How many things do we refrain from doing just because we don’t want to get caught or get in trouble instead of refraining because it is morally wrong?
As children, we are taught that if we draw on the wall we will get in trouble, not that drawing on the wall is wrong because it means someone has to do extra, unpleasant work because of it.
Religion teaches us this also. Thou shall not steal- not because it hurts people financially but because if you do you will go to Hell.
What would you do if getting caught was not an issue? Would you steal? Cheat? Lie? Or would your sense of what is right and what is wrong keep you from taking that DVD? Would thinking about how your actions affect others make you stop lying?
Be honest with yourself, I’ll never know what you really think.