Chapter 7

Self Speaks Loudly and Carries a Big Stick

Sources of Unethical Behavior

To fulfill the law of our human nature is what we call the moral law.… The moral law is a law from whose operation we cannot for one instant in our existence escape.

Confucius1

Mankind’s moral sense is not a strong beacon light, radiating outward to illuminate in sharp outline all that it touches. It is, rather, a small candle flame, casting vague and multiple shadows, flickering and sputtering in the strong winds of power and passion, greed and ideology. But brought close to the heart and cupped in one’s hands, it dispels the darkness and warms the soul.

James Q. Wilson2

No matter how noble the goals or how honorable the intent, great temptation begets great ...

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