Ethical Dilemma

Here are the facts.

As I mentioned before, my school is in a fight with our sister school over state funding. We are clearly in the right and the sister school is clearly in the wrong.

The president of our university system (meaning, the president of both schools) is biased in favor of my school and against the sister. He wrote a personal email that was immediately leaked where he used unfortunate language to refer to the sister and made clear he was against them and pro us.

Sister school tried to remove him from office on the grounds of bias.

And now for the dilemma.

My colleagues are all defending the president, contorting themselves into weird shapes to prove to themselves he isn’t biased.

And I concur with the sister school in that he should be removed. Even though it will set our cause back significantly.

It slaughters me that these very same people would be arguing the exact opposite of what they do now if he were biased against us.

I understand it’s normal to want a win. But I don’t want to win like this! I want an honest, clean win. I don’t know how to live without organizing principles of existence.

If we are so eager to compromise our integrity over something so not life-threatening, what kind of people are we?

Does anybody here understand what I’m on about or am I completely alone on this?

And Then

Since morning, my colleagues have been engaging in a heated debate over what will happen if

China places tariffs on soybeans and then

Soybean farmers in the region will suffer and then

This will negatively impact the entire farming sector and then

Even though the portion of the state’s GDP brought in by farming is negligible, it will really hurt the economy and then

The state funding for our school will be cut and then

The university will have to tighten its budget and then

There will be layoffs and then

It might get so bad we will all be fired.

I’m sure by the end of the day they will get this line of reasoning all the way to the apocalypse.

The Real Snowflakes

After ISIS collapsed (and by the way, where is the widespread celebration of that fact?), many of the ISIS women and their children remained trapped in refugee camps in Syria because, understandably, nobody wants them.

A widespread position among these women seems to be the following:

“We made a mistake, but everyone in the world makes mistakes,” she said. “How long can we pay the price for a mistake? For our whole lives?”

The statement comes not from a pouty teenager but from a 44-year-old woman. Nobody expects great adjustment from a woman whose idea of fun is to join ISIS, yet the sense of entitlement is quite striking. Not only doesn’t everybody in the world make “mistakes” of this caliber but everybody who is an adult is, indeed, aware of having to live with the consequences of their actions for their whole lives. Usually, people get the message by their early teenage years.