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The Deficit--A Moral Conundrum

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An analytical mind and the ability to speak in metaphors have this monograph possible. Slim Fairview

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The Deficit--A Moral Conundrum

  1. 1. The Deficit—A moral conundrumI have only two skills: An analytical mind and the ability to speak in metaphors.Here we go.This is an example of a moral conundrum.You arrive at work. You clock in. You go to your machine, put your Igloo® Brandcooler down by your machine, open it, and take out the key to your locker.In the process of opening your cooler, a co-worker sees a delicious, importedchocolate bar sitting on top of your lunch.You go to get your tools. You leave your cooler unattended.Now, your company has a strict no-stealing policy. Caught stealing—you’re fired.When you return from your locker, you see your supervisor, the manager, and aco-worker standing by your cooler. There is a problem.Apparently, your co-worker stole your candy bar. The manager shows you thecandy bar. A large piece is missing. The manager is angry. Your co-worker isupset. You supervisor looks to you for a way out.Just then, the little Angel appears on one shoulder. He says, “Oh, be forgiving.”Then, the little devil appears on your other shoulder. “Let him suffer thepunishment, “he says.“Be merciful. It was a good candy bar. Perhaps he couldn’t resist,” the Angelsays.“That’s the point,” the devil says. “It was a really good candy bar. The goodchocolate. Don’t let him get away with that!”“Oh, don’t be mean. It was a really, really good, imported, delicious Belgianchocolate, chocolate bar. The temptation was too great. Be forgiving, bemerciful,” The Angel says.“That’s the whole point, the devil says. It was a phenomenal, delicious, imported,expensive, Belgian chocolate candy bar. Don’t let him weasel out it. Have himfire!
  2. 2. Just then, as you are torn between mercy and justice, between forgiveness andpunishment, thinking of that chocolate bar, you take the Angel into one hand andthe devil into the other and you look at them—torn. Looking for an answer.Looking for a dignified way out.You look at the Angel. You look at the devil. You look to the Angel for divinewisdom and guidance. You look to the devil to support your desire forvengeance. Then, it suddenly occurs to you. Both the little Angel and the littledevil have their lips smeared with chocolate.That is a moral conundrum.Now look at the members of Congress; the members from both parties, and tellme they don’t have their lips smeared with chocolate.Regards,SlimMail: slimfairview@yahoo.comCopyright © 2011 Slim Fairview

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