I have my own moral code, built up down the years and based primarily on Christian ethics. It really boils down to ‘Do Unto Others As You Wish To Be Done By’
So, I don’t steal, kill, fight, break things on purpose, or lie if I can help it. I own up to my mistakes and don’t let others take the fall. I don’t join in with ‘blame-storming’. I don’t connive or plot. I try to be as honest as I can. I hope down the years that I have done no action on purpose that has hurt or worsened another persons life. (By accident maybe or ‘knock-on’ but never deliberate)
I am in no way a paragon and do not think myself such, before the abuse in the comments starts. Nobody’s perfect, not least me.
The unfortunate side effect to this, is I tend to transfer this onto other people / organisations and think that they, like myself would not do all the things above. (Yes I know call me Pollyanna if you like).
I always used to think the best of people / organisations to start with until proved differently, again unfortunately when the realisation does come that not everyone is like me and has no compunction in ruining my life, taking my money, job, freedoms or lying to me , it can prove doubly devastating.
Whilst I still hold to what I’ve said above. The last fifteen years (hmmm 15 years I wonder what happened around 1997) have been a bit tough to continue in this regard.
I lost my mum to undiagnosed cancer, that the doctor insisted was a thyroid condition, was lied to and thrown as a sacrificial lamb to regulators by others out to save their own hides (but never considered taking them down with me). Was told on 2 occasions that my job was safe and that was a cast iron guaranty (heard that somewhere recently) only to be made redundant a week later. Been used and discarded by lovers who I thought I knew. I won’t go into the ways of our political masters who have made shafting me and fucking up my life an art form.
Still, I dust myself off and get back up again, although it is taking longer to rise back to my feet each time. In a boxing analogy I’m probably reaching an 8 count nowadays.
So what I’m trying to get to in my rambling Saturday morning way, is that whilst I try still to hold to the first part of the above. By others deeds, the second part of ‘thinking the best of people/organisations’ has been whittled away by their own actions.
I am no longer the trusting naïf, I used to be. Now you have to prove to me, be it a person, a company or a government, that you deserve my loyalty and trust.
They have made me a cynic.
So much so that when I read stories like the below, my first thought is merely
‘How convenient for the governments that this should happen days after someone called for relaxing airline security’
‘Gosh, what good work by the security services, I’m glad there are such people looking out for me.”
As I said “Too cynical?”
Wednesday 26th October
The UK airline industry has backed British Airways chairman Martin Broughton's call for changes to airport security checks. Mr Broughton said some "completely redundant" security checks should go. Practices such as forcing passengers to take off their shoes should be abandoned, he added. He also criticised the US for imposing increased checks on US-bound flights but not on its own domestic services, saying the UK should stop "kowtowing" to US security demands.And he questioned why laptop computers needed to be screened separately
Friday 29th October
The US and UK are investigating the extent of a terror threat after explosive material was found in packages on two cargo planes bound for the US from Yemen on Friday.The two packages - one found in the UK, the other in Dubai - were addressed to Jewish synagogues in the Chicago area.President Barack Obama said the devices were a "credible terrorist threat".