Right and Wrong
“It is very unnerving to be proven wrong, particularly when you are really right and the person who is really wrong is proving you wrong and proving himself, wrongly, right.” ― Lemony Snicket
, The Blank Book
“It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.” ― Leo Tolstoy
, War and Peace (Denise’s Favorite)
“The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.” ― Mark Twain
, What Is Man?
“Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong – but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
, Double Star
Confusing, isn’t it? All of those parts of me that I call my vocation, call for decisions to be made that insist on a vision of what is right or wrong. There is always a dark shadow of irony in all decisions pertaining to right and wrong, yet I continue to believe strongly in taking a side on particular issues; keeping my eye on what I can learn from the opposition. I guess I choose carefully what I decide to stand up for and risk finding out that I am wrong and/or finding myself caught in the familiar place called hypocrisy. When I find myself at Target taking the plastic bag because I forgot my own, I am reminded to do as Benjamin Franklin once said… “Clean your finger before you point at my spots.”
It is like the quote by Congressman John Lewis (D. Ga.) “We cannot keep turning our backs on gay and lesbian Americans. I have fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation.” I have to say that I am grateful for people like Mr. Lewis for making a decision that they are going to assert that one thing is absolutely right and another is undeniably wrong.