Some years ago two friends made an agreement, a pact so to speak, that if either won the lottery, they would share it equally.
Their names are Joe Feeney and Tom Cook.
A few days ago, Tom Cook won the lottery. He called up his friend and told him he was sharing the money.
And so they have.
Both the philosophies of Ayn Rand and the Libertarian Party celebrate greed and self interest. By their standards these men are fools to be pitied.
I beg to differ. I believe that these men are what makes America worthy and great. Doing what you don’t have to do because it is right has been, is and should continue to be an American value.
It is the cumulative actions of millions of Americans that establishes the moral posture of our nation. And that is important.
But the battle of doing what’s right takes place individual by individual. It would be so nice that every time an ethical dilemma we had an opportunity to think and search the internet and maybe get some good advice before we acted. Most ethical decisions take place in seconds or with out any thought at all based on our previous decisions.
So, in my opinion, Tom Cook made his decision thirty years ago to do what he thought was right and never varied from it.
I am so proud to live in a country with human beings like Tom Cook.
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Now if we can just get everyone to honor their promises, keep their commitments, and act in the common good our decline in civility might be reversed.
To quote from my earlier book: Q: Men of stature did live among us and one was Amadeo Peter Giannini, the man who turned Bank of Italy to Bank of America. “When Giannini died at age 79, his estate was worth less than $500,000. It was purely by choice. He could have been a billionaire but disdained great wealth, believing it would make him lose touch with the people he wanted to serve. For years he accepted virtually no pay, and upon being granted a surprise $1.5 million bonus one year promptly gave it all to the University of California. “Money itch is a bad thing,” he once said. “I never had that trouble.”[Reference – Amadeo Peter Giannini, Consumer banking owes a big debt to
a produce seller who refused to say no By DANIEL KADLEC, http://www.time.com/time/time100/builder/profile/giannini.html, The TIME] UQ There were many such people from America and we are indeed proud of America.
A truly excellent comment! Thank you very much!
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