I’m an old man of 75 years and I continue to be amazed at how ignorant I’ve been— in some cases—about being able to make good choices. One of the things I’ve consistently ignored are my gut feelings. When I ignore them I always come up with a bad result. But the most common error that we all make is to not check the morality of something before taking any action or forming an opinion.
I think it may be useful to put in a form of a mental check-list to use so that we can make intelligent decisions. I used to go to flight training years ago, and one good instrument for survival was the check list. It was anything from 10-15 different things to check before going on a flight. It is easy to forget one thing, but that one thing could be fatal. However, I’m not going to make a check-list that long but it might come in handy to have a short one in the back of our minds:
- Is it good?
- Is it evil?
- Is it right?
- Is it wrong?
- Is it true?
- Is it false?
Walter Allen Thompson is the author of Natural Law:Supreme Law of the Land