On the next Philosophy in Action Radio, I'll answer questions on extremism versus consistency, overcoming lethargy, punishing yourself, and more. The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 28 December 2014. If you can't attend live, be sure to listen to the podcast later.


Wrongdoing

  • Q&A: Permission Versus Forgiveness: 25 May 2014, Question 3
  • Question: Should people ask for permission or ask for forgiveness when breaking the rules? People often say that "it's better to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission" when excusing their own rule-breaking. I hate the phrase, but I can't put my finger on what's so objectionable about it. So what does the phrase mean? Is it right or wrong? If it's true for some organizations, doesn't that indicate that the organization's rules or policies are somehow bass-ackwards?

    Tags: Egoism, Ethics, Honesty, Respect, Rights, Rules, Trader Principle, Wrongdoing


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