What Is the Right Thing To Do?

I've noticed that, whenever we face hard choices and decisions, we tend to gravitate to the question "What is the right to do?"

More and more I've come to the conclusion that, as human beings, we rarely know what is the right thing to do. There are no guarantees. We cannot see into the future. There are things we may be missing.

What's the right thing to do? God knows, but we rarely do. We are limited, finite creatures.

And yet, we fret, fearing that if we can't find the right thing to do we'll end up doing the wrong thing. And that choice--between doing the right thing or the wrong thing--fills us with dread.

So let me make this suggestion. Let's stop thinking about decisions and choices as being "right" or "wrong." We just won't know. Can't know.

So instead of thinking about a choice as right or wrong--instead of moralizing our decisions--let's ask if a decision is wise. Is this a wise thing to do? I think the wise/foolish frame is better than the moralized right vs. wrong frame.

Rarely will we know, with absolute certainty, what is the right thing to do. But is it within our capacity to make wise rather than foolish decisions.

So the next time someone asks, or when you ask yourself, "What's the right thing to do?" respond with this:

"I don't know. But what is a wise thing to do?"

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