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The Truly Corrupt

The Truly Corrupt

Remember Rodney King? His brutal police beating sparked the LA riots that required military units to restore peace. He was awarded nearly 4 million dollars in compensation and became an activist and writer. He died in 2012, found at the bottom of his pool with cocaine, alcohol, and PCP in his system. His famous line in the aftermath of his beating and during the trials was, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

Why, indeed? Today we face a kind of “moral narcissism” where no one can merely disagree. If you don’t agree with me, then you are a moral inferior, intellectually deprived, an enemy, a “deplorable.” It’s not enough for one person to win, the other person must also lose. We can’t get along because we are so morally certain that compromise becomes unthinkable.

Lord Acton observed that “There is no one as corrupt as the morally certain.”

So why can’t we all just get along?


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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 4

  • May 23, 2020

    I suppose the day of unreasonableness has arrived and has eroded people’s ability to see disagreement as an opportunity to engage in conversation and explore the possibilities of learning something new and potentially exciting.

    Just the other day, I was reviewing a presentation with a good friend. He disagreed with a statement I had on one of the slides. I didn’t agree with his recommendation, and I told him I was getting a little heated around this. We continued, but I was still upset. I went back and reviewed that part of the presentation, thought about what he said, made the change, and made the presentation. It did make it better.

    • Timothy A. Wilson

      May 23, 2020

      Yes I did.

  • Timothy A. Wilson

    May 23, 2020

    Also told him his advice made the presentation better

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