Why do Good People do Bad Things?

Since the news broke about New York’sex-Governor Elliot Spitzer I knew I wanted to comment about his story in this column. I can’t help but be fascinated by his downfall and wonder, why do good people do bad things?

My Internet searches on that topic led me to a newly published book by Debbie Ford, “Why Good People Do Bad Things: How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy.” Ford believes that almost all of us have hidden forces of self-sabotage. Most interesting to me is Ford’s assessment that the reason most of us are so captivated by these shocking tales is because it provides us
with some shelter from our own behavior –we aren’t as bad as those we see portrayed around us. That may be true, but one thing I have always
believed is that most everyone is sorry when they get caught. When disciplining my children, I’m pleased to accept their apologies but point out, I really want them to change their behavior, not rely on requests for forgiveness.

One of our goals at the CPT is to be a conduit for information about the admirable activities people engage in. Our challenge is to make the reports on virtuous behavior as exciting as client number nine’s story.

In this, our second issue of EM, we announce the closing of our Founding Membership. Make a donation to the CPT by the end of the year and you will always be a Founding Member. As you will see, our list of upcoming activities is very impressive and I hope many of you are motivated to start thinking about participating in this year’s Talent Show, “A Night of 101 Stars.” Our “Good News” focuses on one of our first award recipients, Johnny Lovell, CPA, the Olympic sailor.

You’ll also read about the Connecticut Board’s Ethics Symposium which was a huge success. Coincidentally, one of the speakers at the Symposium made a statement which agreed with Debbie Ford’s theory, “we are our own worst enemy.” That’s good news, because we can teach and learn positive behavior and become our best selves.

Summer is my favorite season. I hope you enjoy yours.

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