~Do The Right Thing~



~Do The Right Thing~

A father asked his son to return a shopping cart they
Had just used. The son protested, "C'Mon, Dad! There
Are carts all over. No one returns them. That's why
They hire people to collect them."

After a brief argument, Mom chimed in, "For heaven's
Sake, it's no big deal. Let's go."

The Dad was about to surrender when he noticed an
Elderly couple walking together to return their cart.
After a moment he said, "Son, there are two kinds of
People in this world: those who put their carts away
And those who don't. We are the kind that returns
Their shopping cart. Now go return the cart!"

Obviously, this story is about more than grocery carts.
It's about doing the right thing in a world that
Promotes rationalizations and excuses, and demeans or
Trivializes simple acts of virtue. I suppose another way
Of putting it is There two kinds of people: Those who
Have the character to do what they ought to and those
Who find reasons not to.

People of character do the right thing even if no one
Else does, not because they think it will change the
World, but because they refuse to be changed by the

~Michael Josephson~