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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?

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          Apr 4 2014: I agree Esteban, that the conversation could be about "dialoguing", and maybe learning something in the process.

          Yes Esteban, I say the idea that "you are entitled to your perception as I am entitled to my perception" is most insightful, because I consider it to be so. I do not only say those words when it might be "convenient" in a conversation. I totally embrace the idea of respecting other people's thoughts, feelings and perceptions.

          If you don't have anyone willing to listen to your rhetoric, there is no one to dialogue with. If you do not accept and respect other people's thoughts, feelings and ideas on the topic, you will be continuing to dialogue with yourself.

          I dislike your practice of twisting other people's comments to suit yourself and your practice of "restating" and reinterpreting other people's comments to suit your own personal agenda. The kind of dialogue you perceive to be "effective" is NOT effective Esteban, as you have been told many times.

          I have clearly expressed my thoughts, feelings and ideas about the topic question. It seems like you simply want to be argumentative and continue with your twisting of people's comments.
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          Apr 4 2014: I communicate with my kids using a different technique than when I'm talking to my co-workers and I speak to them differently than my bosses.

          Depending on the atmosphere and everything I know about the person I'm talking to I attempt to adapt so that the message I'm conveying is more likely to be received.

          The topic of this thread is making good decisions.
          Esteban - you have been addressed as having a difficult time holding your audience and conveying a clear and concise message. Any chance there's a decision in your future regarding your communication techniques?
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          Apr 4 2014: That is correct Esteban, I do not twist other people's comments to suit myself. I listen respectfully and assimilate information that people offer.

          "you are entitled to your perception as I am entitled to my perception".

          I do not simply say the words Esteban.....I wholeheartedly believe it, live it, encourage it and support it.
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          Apr 5 2014: That is correct Esteban, regarding your insightful statement which I agree with.......
          " you are entitled to your perception as I am entitled to my perception"

          You've got it Esteban....yes.....I wholeheartedly believe it, live it, encourage it and support it, and that is reflected in my conversations and interactions....thanks for noticing:>)
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          Apr 6 2014: Yes Esteban, individual's perceptions may differ....it is good that you realize that.

          Perceptions are not "legal" or "illegal" Esteban. We all have a right to our own personal perceptions. Those perceptions may however, manifest into legal or illegal behaviors when one can justify the perceptions and/or the behaviors.


          EDIT regarding comment below:
          Esteban, you stated in your previous comment....
          "Some do have a legal right or a just claim to receive or do something …while others may not!"

          It is clear that is the statement I responded to.

          You are still twisting words, comments and your perceived interpretations/misrepresentations of the contents of pervious conversations Esteban.

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