I recently committed a crime. I know that isn’t a promising confession from someone who wants you to read their blog about living a more ethical life, but hear me out.
It was a crime against reason and a crime against my values. It was also an actual ‘breaking the law’ crime. And I got caught.
Here’s what happened. I caught a train. I didn’t buy a ticket. This was noticed, and I paid for it in the form of some mild social shaming and a £20 fine. Sleep safe in your beds tonight, everyone. The system works.
Why am I telling you this in a blog about leading an ethical life? Is it to absolve myself of guilt via public confession? Not really.
The fact is, I didn’t feel that bad at all about what I’d done, and this illustrates an interesting wider barrier we all have to living more ethically; trying to avoid cognitive dissonance.