Work Vs Morality.

Posted: September 22, 2013 in (Un)employment
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After two days at my new job as a salesman, I looked up our competition and the data collected and published by a government organization about the market movements during the past years. All I wanted to do was becoming a better salesman. Yet, I was stunned to see how two of our three main arguments were total lies and the third was very deceiving. During the obliged one hour break the next day I came across two texts completely by accident. I’ll select two parts out these texts that seemed tremendously relevant to my situation.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling wordly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:10-11)

Even in small things you should do what is morally right. You can always rationalize away your mistakes by situating them in a global context full of wars and madness. Yet, their mistakes don’t make yours right. Especially in a situation like mine, when there is no risk of poverty or any real detriment, one should always take the small disadvantage of being unemployed for a while instead of staying at a job where lying and cheating is your main task.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)

The question here is, what is your ultimate goal? Is it the Good or Money? Both are personalized in the Bible, respectively as God and Mammon. Once you chose the latter, there are no boundaries whatsoever. Choosing the Good on the other hand doesn’t force you into a claustrophobic space. There are plenty of jobs where  you don’t have to take immoral actions. You don’t have to relocate to a remote part of the world and sacrifice your life for others. All choosing the Good asks is, whenever you make a decision, is this decision going against my moral beliefs? If so, look for an alternative. The prospect of money shouldn’t play a role in this.

“I understand by ‘freedom of spirit’ something quite definite: being a hundred times superior to philosophers and other disciples of ‘truth’ in severity towards oneself, in cleanliness and courage, in the unconditional will to say No where it is dangerous to say No […].” (F. Nietzsche – The Will to Power, p. 256).

Knowing what is right and wrong based on a deep moral feeling doesn’t need years of studying in a little room. I know that robbery and deceiving is wrong, therefore, I don’t do these things. Anybody, even my boss, who asks immoral things of me will get a loud and clear “No!”.


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