You can really irritate the hell out of someone by refusing to
go along with illegal schemes.
Some helpful people will
insist on forcing tax evasion advice down your throat whether you
are receptive or not, and even if you tell them that isn't something
you're willing to do.
Other people get even more helpful,
teaching you the ins and outs of kickbacks, explaining to your poor lame
moralistic self that "that's how the system works."
Some of them
want something out of it. Like, they tell you all about their embezzlement
scheme, and then they want you to write the bill out to whatever facade
they're using today so that they can embezzle more.
objectivists wonder how business people get a bad name?
there are the people who simply know that I'm an ethical person, and
worse, an analytical one, who won't just laugh when they tell me what they
did to someone. They want my approval for what they did. After all, if you
can get someone like me to approve, then what they did must not be
so bad after all. There's a good justification, you see. Some of them try
it over and over, and then are apparently surprised when I explain exactly
what is wrong with what they did and how they should correct the problem.
Apparently, they are expecting me to validate them. That's very
weird. How do you walk up to an honest person and ask them to cover up
your dishonesty? What's the meaning of that? Is it supposed to involve
me in the conspiracy in a binding way, once I know about it?
I'm so bloody sick of this now I could scream.
I have a new
policy. It's really my old policy, but I'm going to announce it really
loudly now, to ward off, shall we say, the evil spirits. My new policy is,
Please keep your dirty deeds to yourself, if you want my business or my
friendship. I'm not interested in validating anyone's feelings about their
wrongdoing. If you're a criminal, please don't come to me for
philosophical consulting. Turn yourself in. That's all the advice I have
for you. And if that means I never get another client, well, then so be
it. A philosophical consultant's job is to show you the truth, not to hide
your real face from others.
I like my mind nice and clean. I
don't want to have to think about what I need to do to cover up for you.
You want to be a nonconformist? Forget the funky hair color. We can
all see straight through that. The next time someone invites you to their
conspiracy of lies, refuse to join. Just say no.