FEAR, RATHER THAN PRINCIPLES, KEEPS US ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW: Essay

English_Master February 18, 2016 No Comments
FEAR, RATHER THAN PRINCIPLES, KEEPS US ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW Have you seen the TV commercial where this man finds a SOD-rupee note as he walks down the road? He stops, looks around; finding himself alone, he seems to weaken for a mo­ment, before straightening up painfully and walking away with a shrug. Honesty? A sense of integrity? No. It’s an ad for Iodex! Even as viewers grapple with moral issues, ironically the only thing that stops the guy from bending and picking up the note is fear of hurting his back further. A painful decision both ways. But then honesty is painful! As are most of the “right” things in life! They don’t come easily. And, more often than not, most of us toe the straight line out of a fear of being caught doing wrong. It is fear rather than principles that keeps us on the straight and narrow. Fear of ostracisation, fear of being branded dishonest, unfaithful, immoral or a thief. And so either you remain honest or make a great show of honesty. Honesty doesn’t come naturally to us because honesty is quite complex and again, like truth, contextual and somewhat cultural too. It’s a tag you choose to give, and then, hang yourself...
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