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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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CHAPTER 6

Transform Life

Skillful Decision Making in Personal Life

Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.

—Attributed to William Butler Yeats

IN 1937, German businessman John Rabe faced a temptation many Nazis faced in World War II: to go along and be quiet at the sight or knowledge of genocide. Unlike men such as Karl Schultze, however, Rabe didn’t go along. Rather than become an agent of lies, theft, and harm, he became an agent of truth and a protector of life. While many Germans succumbed to ethical desensitization and faulty thinking, Rabe remained faithful to higher ethical values.

On December 13, 1937, ...

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