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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 6 2014: Yes Colleen, seems like he is as thick as two bricks stuck together. And I keep asking why he has to behave that way - lack of self respect and dignity???
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      Apr 6 2014: I don't know Soon, why people behave the way they sometimes do. My perception, is that we, as individuals are the ONLY ones who know for sure what is going on in our heart and mind. There's all kinds of speculation and analysis that could be considered, and in the end, it is only speculation.

      His one statement that I agree with, which you may have noticed I repeated several times!!! ...
      "you are entitled to your perception as I am entitled to my perception".

      When it comes to the topic question..."How do individuals decide what is right rather than what is convenient to do"......I perceive all kinds of answers, many of which have been expressed in this conversation.

      If one believes, however, that there is ONLY ONE RIGHT PATH.....ONE RIGHT ANSWER, one will probably not even consider something that is not part of their own beliefs regarding one right path/answer.

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