Let’s not stand by while people destroy our country
Human nature is complex and, depending on the circumstances, good people can do bad things
The disturbing revelations at the Zondo commission challenge us to grapple with the roots and causes of ethical failure, and the meaning of moral courage. Here are three insights and lessons we might consider.
The first has to do with a basic myth about human nature — that “good” people, those who are generally decent and well-intentioned, will invariably carry out good actions. The problem with this view is that it grossly oversimplifies human nature and fuels a dangerous overoptimism. People we might regard as good can also behave badly. ..