TED Conversations

TEDCRED 10+

This conversation is closed.

How do individuals decide what is right rather than what is convenient to do?

In his Talk, Edward Snowden mentioned that he choose to act based on what was right rather than what was convenient for him. I think that this particular topic should be further explored, especially when there exists significant personal costs and risks?

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Mar 27 2014: doing what is right seems unpopular most of the time...there is a sense of fatigue that along with anxiety drains the average person towards inertia. Yet in order to do the right thing being the group is essential in order to be able to judge how effective your "help" is. To be fully connected and yet objective and creative is not an ability that everyone wants In the past individuals that felt superior to those they serve felt priveledged to make changes for groups that idealized an end product(native children taken from their homes) but saw the task from such an isolated view the end result was mass destruction of a culture they knew little about. So before anyone risk anything for others knowing the subject at a personal level allows for a three dimensional concept to occur..not just a schematic of theory. Edward did what he did because he believed what we are told as children..that deception is against the rules. Many would like to complicate this concept as adults to reduce the original idea to childhood fanatasy...but for some childhood made the most sense and the adult world with its multidimensional hypocrasy hold ultimately no appeal..no house,no amount of money can reduce the searing agony of dishonesty....Everyone chooses their own values and for some to serve the group not those that claim to own the group appeals and all risk are worth it. Similarly humans risk death in sports and war all the time...why sohould moral self sacrifice be any scarier?

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.