A quote from Jean-Jacques Rousseau: “We are good by nature but corrupted by society.”
This is so true today. The concept of right and wrong has been distorted to the point where the threshold between right and wrong has been blurred.
Inwardly we know what is wrong and what is right. But outwardly… if nothing happens, then I did nothing wrong.
Some even brag of doing what is universally known as wrong and are elevated to hero status. I won’t point the finger to anyone, as this would make me a participant.
On a smaller scale, we see this distorted concept being acted on in our daily lives: people pocketing a small pack of sauce at the grocery store; speeding away because no one is in sight on our streets, even people in position of authority are crossing the threshold of what is right with no remorse using “the end justifies the means” as an excuse.
“If all your friends jumped off a bridge then would you too?” The answer to this Zen koan (saying) is obviously yes for most. People are doing it without even thinking of the consequences.
There might not be an immediate consequence, or karma, but the deed has been done and you will have to answer to it eventually.
Ever wonder why you get a cold every winter or why you did not get that promotion at work?