Decent behavior between people, organizations – even countries.
Fights break out between us when one of us breaks the commonly understood Rule of Fair Play. We defend our positions, as if the other party has stepped on our rights. But underneath the quarrel there is a realization by both that an offense has occurred that is not fair. One feels offended. The other tries to rationalize his behavior. The very fact that people quarrel over behaviors or actions between them validates that both know the rule has been broken. We both know there is a Right and a Wrong behavior.
Consider athletic competitions. Rules of fair play are established. But when two players clash, each feels that the other violated the rule. So we need referees to establish who the real offender is. Even then, however, the player who committed the foul will argue that the other player is the guilty one. But neither will deny that there is a rule that both should adhere to – a Rule of Fair Play, a Rule of Right and Wrong. Either the violator knows that he broke the Rule and agrees with the referee or the violator vigorously defends his actions because he feels he was the wronged party.
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