No, Mookie did not do the right thing.
I don’t feel that anybody did the right thing.
What this brings us back to is the understanding that the quality and act of leadership must be distributed throughout society. We are each of us leaders in our own spheres of influence. What kind of leader we will be is determined by the quality of our leadership mind. Foremost among the attributes of that mind is the ability to know what is the "right thing" to do. If enough of us know that and practice it under the mentorship and guidance of those who choose to come forward into larger offices of leadership, then it is likely we will have a successful and just and decent society. If not, then we don't have much to look forward to.
Now they enter into the track of doing the things rightly.
All of this reinforces the point that ethics lie at the core of a successful society or organization, and that ethical leadership is one of our greatest continuing needs. It is no coincidence we say a leader is one who does "the right thing." We have seen all too frequently this century the misery and carnage which flow in the wake of unethical leadership. We are seeing today the moral fibre in our own peace-loving society warped and weakened by leaders in high places who do not do the right thing. But sadly they are to a large degree poor products of our own inadequate efforts to place ethical teaching at the centre point of who we are and what we stand for. Self-serving materialism has led us to treat each other and our beautiful planet and its wondrous life forms as objects to be exploited rather than as the living tissue of our own being. In our impassioned pursuit of technology and technique we have forgotten that life comes first.
Why You Should Always Do the Right Thing, or Why …
So what scares me is not the memes in Western society because I think, if history is any guide, we will eventually come to the right, self-preservational conclusions. But rather the dangerous memes of the Islamists that are so hard to identify and differentiate from the benign. As an example, both Islamists and Westists (sorry, lack of better term) legitimately strive for justice and will fight and die for it, but both mean clash-of-culture, fight-to-the-death different things by that word. Western society needs to somehow root that out without becoming facist itself.
Why You Should Always Do the Right Thing, ..
I write about this meme in movies; the self-loathing and envy of suffering informs characters and narrative in most popular movies. We are almost blinded to it because it is so pervasive. I just saw Man on Fire, which repeats the themes of Last Samurai, of the American military man, doomed emotionally and spiritually because of his unforgivable sin of making war at all.