I like pithy sayings, as one can tell from my daily post. Hundreds, even thousands, are available for re-use. I do not always agree with what I discover and only pass on those which appeal to me.
Why do I write this?
I read a quote today, which I felt needed rebutting or commenting upon. The words are attributed to someone named Thomas Macaulay. I have never heard of this guy, but I would not be surprised to discover a connection to Christianity. I do not agree with his opinion, when he allegedly said or the wrote the following:
The measure of a man's real character
is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Why do I not entirely agree with this?
This presupposes that actions are “right” or “wrong”. Who decides? Anyone that has studied philosophy knows that there is no “right”. People can do whatever they choose, if they are willing to accept the consequences. And, the group decides morality and consequences. Without the group strait jacket, character is not a topic.
This subject is the basis of my novel, Flying’s Easy. The main character is faced with a moral dilemma, caused by witnessing different sets of morality for different parts of society and different sets of humans. He (and I) does not consider himself to be immoral, because he is acting in a similar manner to those that would judge him...if they found out.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.