“Doing the Right Thing For the Right Reason,” by Matthew Apsokardu

“The right thing to do, when done for the wrong reasons or motivations, is no longer the right thing. This is something I believe, but is also very contestable. I ask myself – ‘what if a bystander saves a victim of violence in the hopes of getting a reward? Isn’t that doing the right thing for the wrong reason, and isn’t it still the right thing to do?'”

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  1. This is a situation that all of us are facing.

    Why are we studying Budo? To become strong, compassionate and wise human beings? Or just for belts, titles, fame?

    Why are we teaching? In order to continue our study? Or just to fill a void, get recognition, money???

    Once a young budo student did a week-long gasshuku at a reputable teacher’s dojo. It was her first experience of staying at a dojo, since she had been training at public gymnasiums only. A little later, I asked her about her experience and impressions of living and training in a dojo with a genuine teacher.

    –X.Sensei is unreachable, she said. He is surrounded by a clique of kiss-asses who anticipate all his wishes. There wasn’t much to learn…

    –Can you make the difference between those who are really there to learn and the others? I asked her.

    Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons… Doing the right thing for the right reasons. Aren’t we a mixure of both?

    Is there a perfect answer.

    Something else to meditate on.

    Thank you for sharing this.

    Patrick Augé

  2. From The Sands of Erebus, by me:

    “…we can rationalize, justify, and find support for anything.”

  3. Amen!

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