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Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life by Bill Birchard, Clinton D. Korver, Ronald A. Howard

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EPILOGUE

Habit of Wisdom

The Reward of Skillful Ethical Decision Making

Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.

—Anonymous

SUPPOSE WE LEARNED that when we die we live our current life over, and then live it over again, and so on forever. We do not remember previous lives, so we cannot learn from them. If this were the truth of existence, would it transform us or crush us?

Friedrich Nietzsche, a philosopher who explored this predicament, wrote, “What if some day or night a demon were to . . . say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it you will have to live once again and innumerable times again; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain ...

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