For many years, in discussions with others I would propose a litmus test to guide them as to whether a behavior was appropriate or not. My test was, “If 60 Minutes was filming you doing this, or if your mother were watching, would you do it?” It seemed like a reasonable benchmark.
Today, however, neither would halt people from charging ahead with inappropriate activities. They would not feel bad and many would proudly post their shameful activities on Facebook. Facebook would get a couple of million clicks and laugh all the way to the bank.
Well, actually, they’d laugh while the electronic money transfers went to some tax haven.
What the hell happened to us? Do we all believe that we’ll never face the consequences of our choices?
I don’t believe that is true. So act as if your mother is watching.