Let’s start with a story. (The one linked to above.)
A Conservation Officer was fired for refusing to kill two bear cubs. Bryce Casavant was ordered to kill a mother bear and her two cubs. The mother bear had been eating garbage and had become habituated to humans. However, Mr. Casavant saw no evidence that the cubs ate garbage or had become habituated to humans so he placed the two cubs with a wildlife group that raised them and released them in the wild.
For not killing the bear cubs as ordered he was fired.
This story in a way had a happy ending. Going back to work in a job environment where you have been fired and there was a legal process that took roughly five years that your employer lost, — well, don’t expect a cake on your birthday.
In high school we are assured that talent and merit are rewarded. Sometime television and certainly fairy tales support the idea the we should always do right because we will be given benefits.
That was all nonsense. The simple fact of the matter is that doing right is hard. It is seldom rewarded and often badly rewarded.
Should you do right? Absolutely.
Why? For the good of your soul. And not just that it is a cry of significance of self importance and the fact that you made a difference.
When you look back upon your life, those times when you did what was right without reward are the times to be treasured, the times when your life gained its full meaning.