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Harry Emerson Fosdick’s six-point test for deciding what is right and what is wrong:
- Does the course of action you plan to follow seem sensible and honorable to you? Never mind what anyone else has to say. If it does, it is probably right.
- Does it pass the test of sportsmanship? In other words, if everyone followed this same course of action, would the results be beneficial for all?
- Where will your plan of action lead? How will it affect others? What will it do to you?
- Will you think well of yourself when you look back at what you have done?
- Try to separate yourself from the problem. Pretend for a moment that it is the problem of the person you most admire. Ask yourself, “How would THAT person handle it?”
- Hold up the final decision to the glaring light of publicity. Would you want your family and friends to know what you have done? The decisions we make in the hope that no one will find out are usually wrong.
Daily Lenten Commitment: “Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.” – Mother Teresa