prevent or encourage

“He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.”

– Seneca (a 1st century roman philosopher)

I like this quote because of its simplicity.

No gray area.

Black & white.

Do something to correct a wrong or you are inherently encouraging wrongness.

This is more than moral or ethical responsibility.

This is more about actions speaking louder than words.

Now.

Just because it is simple doesn’t mean it is always easy (although one would imagine it should be simple all the time).

I imagine people could look at his and send me a laundry list of situations in which Seneca “overlooked” and it is not as simple as he states.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm … sorry folks.

It’s this simple.

And Seneca must have been a smart man because he has another quote to address those who suggest t is not that simple.

“The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.”

–          Seneca

Sometimes doing the right thing creates adversity.

And sometimes you have to be brave just to do the right thing.

And sometimes you have to prevent wrong when you see it regardless of the situation simply because if you do not do anything … you encourage it to happen again.

—– about the picture:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) launched this tag line in 2003. It has licensed its use for use in public awareness campaigns about security.

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Written by Bruce