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Why It's Hard To Be Good

Why It's Hard To Be Good
Author: Al Gini
ISBN 13: 9780415972635
ISBN 10: 415972639
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2005-12-12
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
List Price: $50.00

It isn't easy to be good. In fact, it's very, very difficult. Al Gini - at home both in philosophy and the corporate boardroom - speaks here in an engagingly direct voice about why we have so much trouble doing the right thing in life - at home, with family or strangers, and at work. Businesses struggle with ethical issues every day, and so do ordinary people. But a multinational corporation and a single thinking human being are bound together by the same dilemma: how to choose the right thing to do and then do it?

In a series of brief chapters, Al Gini lays out ideas for "stepping out of the shadow of the self" -- an argument for stopping thinking of yourself as the center of the universe. It's hard to be good, he explains, until we realize that being good only has meaning in relation to other people. Ideas of justice, fairness, and ethical behavior are just that - abstract ideas - until they are put into action with regard to people outside ourselves.

We may worry too much about good versus evil - big concepts that give us plenty of room to sit on the right side of the equation, he argues. Instead, we need to be thinking about how being good involves an active relationship toward others. Being good all by yourself may not be good enough.

This warm and generous book is for anyone who wants to know how to use ethical thinking as way to live, work, and be with others.

Library Journal

While the word good can be applied to anything from resisting chocolate to donating to charity, Gini (philosophy, Loyola Univ.; The Importance of Being Lazy) takes on the larger issue of using ethical thinking as a way to live. His main tenet is that people must stop seeing themselves as the center of the universe-and start caring about others. Using the writings of philosophers and psychologists (including Kant and Kohlberg), he provides a backdrop of ethical thinking throughout history then analyzes current culture to determine why people are unwilling to be actively empathetic to others. Culprits include corporate greed, sex-saturated media, too many choices, and the lack of true leisure. Gini's well-reasoned, intelligent, and thought-provoking analysis of society's ills is recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.