In a recent post it was suggested that being polite and courteous toward others is not only a good way to be for its own sake, but also because it’s good business. Within the article, there was a very cool quote from Ben Franklin that read, “If rascals knew how much money they could make by being righteous, the rascals would become righteous through pure rascality.”
A friend of mine on Facebook replied:
“Love that quote by Ben and, to tell you the truth, the only caveat to living this principle is that I think a few rascals have heard and adopted that quote.”
Actually, I’m sure many have. And, it seems that might just be a good thing. If, by acting righteously (even if only because it is advantageous to do so) they serve others better and more honestly, that’s fine. Hopefully, in time, they will actually become the way they are acting. Even if not, I’d still rather them take righteous action than “rascally” action.
For example, a business owner I know who provides excellent — more like exquisite — customer service and care has told me he does this for no other reason than the fact that it is great for business…not because he intrinsically cares about making others happy. I’ve known him long enough to believe him. 🙂
While you and I might wish that his righteous actions were also because he really did care about others, the fact that he acts righteously regardless (simply out of rational self-interest) is still much, much better than the alternative.
Just my opinion, of course. And, yours?