Is effortless ethics an oxymoron?

Effort is required for ethics to survive and thrive.  Of course, this comes much easier to some people than others.  Some people were raised under conditions and influences that predisposed them to difficulties in this area.  Other people were raised under conditions and influences that predisposed them to great successes in this area.  Some folks just seem to have a strong moral compass while others seem to lack it.

Although effortless ethics may be an oxymoron, it seems to me that when you do possess that strong moral compass, it takes no effort to execute your ethics.  You do so simply because you know it is the right thing to do.  (Albeit, you may struggle with certain ethical dilemmas, but that is a subject for another day.)  Nevertheless, precisely because executing your ethics is the right thing to do, you often face opposition from those who do not hold a high ethical standard.  That opposition will demand a corresponding effort.

Your effort is not to execute your ethics; your effort is to engage the oppositional forces successfully.  Now that presents a whole new set of “opportunities,” doesn’t it?

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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