What ever happened to having self respect?

@chulce (1540)
United States
December 30, 2008 5:32pm CST
Today I was pondering on how people can live with themselves that are working for dishonest companies or they themselves are being dishonest and stealing from people. Don't they have any self respect? It makes me wonder what would happen to them if they were the victims and the tables would turn. Would they run and cry to someone? Would they get what was rightfully theirs back? Would they file a report against the company that has wronged them? There is so much that is going on in today's society so many people that are being stolen from on a daily basis it really makes me wonder how the people that are doing the damage can live with themselves. Is it possible that our society has literally created a world of people with no self-respect and no dignity that they can keep on living like this and hurting others?
4 responses
• United States
1 Jan 09
Denial ain't just a river! ;) The "coping mechanism" is to think "well I'm not doing anything wrong because in *my* case...blah blah blah"...
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@stejhas (209)
• United States
31 Dec 08
In the 8 years of my 'professional career', I have had a total of 2 jobs, and BOTH of them were for dishonest companies!!! I had NO idea go into either of them how much "bad" I would really see! The first job I had for 5 years before anything was out of the ordinary. Then our company started utilizing a "loop hole" in the laws to make Big-Time Bucks!!!! After a year of doing that, the Securties Exchange Commission showed up at our doors with a team of 10 people to 'audit' us. Meanwhile, US Senators from the East Coast were publicly talking about the 'questionable accounting' practices we had adopted and the company I worked for became a big topic of conversation in Government. -- Needless to say, IT SUCKED! Work was so stressfull, all the bosses/officers were GROUCHY and unpleasant, and I hated being associated with a company that made the front page of the paper every day for Bad Bad Things! I applied for other jobs, and took the very first offer I got... which happened to be at a casino (but it was a back-of-house office job). I only worked there for 1 year... I had NO idea that the casino industry is not just a job, It Is A LIFESTYLE! And I Hated It!!!! Maybe you know someone that has worked in casino and can understand what I mean... but to sum it up, pretty much all respect for people, relationships, morals, etc. are thrown out the window when you choose a career in the casino industry! I think there are many people that work for dishonest companies because they cannot find another job, or don't know about the dishonesty of the company until it's spread across the front page of the newspaper. The others are the bosses/managers/officers of those companies - and they are probably money-movitated to stay and keep up the dishonest acts so they can make a bigger buck! It's truly sad!
@chulce (1540)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I am so sorry that you have had an experience like that. Gosh, that does get rough when you have to deal with all of that pressure from everyone around you etc. These days, who isn't money driven with the way our economy is going. There are so many businesses that are being forced to close there are people that are loosing their lively hoods and not sure where to turn. I hope that our economy will straighten out soon, I hope that new reliable jobs can be created and we can all strive to do the very best for our families. I hope that you personally have been able to find something that you feel more comfortable doing and not have all of the stresses that you had from years past.
@savak03 (6676)
• United States
31 Dec 08
People have learned to rationalize their behavior. Because times are getting so hard they think that they must do what they are doing to survive. They don't consider that what they are doing is making it difficult for others to survive as well. I think you are right. People who don't respect the rights of others can have no self respect either.
@chulce (1540)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Thank you for your understanding, I appreciate it. Maybe some day things will be different, I just hope that it is sooner than later. I don't think many of us can take much more of it.
@Seyduna (129)
• Turkey
30 Dec 08
I absolutely agree with you in that we lost our self respect.We only understand that something is morally bad when it happens to us, our family, our children.Otherwise we don't ever think who is hurt, who is damaged or who is losing his money.We do not respect ourselves because we do not respect our environment, our society anything briefly. Best wishes
@chulce (1540)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I only wish that there was some way that these people would know and understand. Or that they could get a good dose of reality themselves. Then I get to thinking about it, someone once told me that Karma has a way of biting us in the butt when we need it and its our wake up call that tells us, look dummy, get off your butt and fix what you have done. Me personally, I think I will try and keep my Karma in the right shade.