The Greater Good

People are constantly forced to make the decision of whether they should do what is best for themselves or should they do what is best for the greater good.

An example of this would be the business person who minimizes costs as much as possible in order to show a greater profit. This might allow this person to get a larger bonus or to get a better job with a different company but it might be done at the expense of research and development so while the short terms gain might appear wonderful, it’s done at the expense of the long term health of the organization.

Another example would be the college coach who cheats to win games and then leaves for another job only to have the previous institution penalized for his actions. In this case, the coach would have forsaken the greater good for short term personal gains.

When you make decisions, do you think only of yourself or are you also taking into consideration the greater good?

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