Distressing and nerve-racking as it may be, it cannot be denied (no matter how ardently desired) that we all have our price. Some shamelessly give in at the first glance of something profitable despite its immorality, and some are more steadfast in their principles and don’t give in unless they are forced to by the situation. Yet when we give in and the reasons for our doing so represent the utmost pieces to solve the elaborate puzzle we call character.
I know at first many tend to resolutely deny any possibility of ever behaving unethically, but try and be honest with yourself, in the intimacy of your own mind. What would you do if say your family was in an imminent danger and you could somehow save them? Or what if you could be able to do something that you’ve dreamed of all your life, and despite its having been genuinely impossible for you to achieve it, it now is as easy as A, B, C? Maybe not precisely these situations, but certain situations may occur in which you would be tempted to yield pressured by the circumstances. By contemplating these situations you can get to know yourself better, comprehend your strengths and weaknesses.
G. B. Shaw, renowned for his delicious witticism, turned one of his experiences into a facetious anecdote that humorously urges us to dig deeper into such matters. It goes as follows:
George Bernard Shaw once found himself at a dinner party, seated beside an attractive woman. “Madam,” he asked, “would you go to bed with me for a thousand pounds?” The woman blushed and rather indignantly shook her head.
“For ten thousand pounds?” he asked. “No. I would not.” “Then how about fifty thousand pounds?” he continued.
The colossal sum gave the woman pause, and after further reflection, she coyly replied: “Perhaps.” “And if I were to offer you five pounds?” Shaw asked.
“Mr. Shaw!” the woman exclaimed. “What do you take me for!” “We have already established what you are,” Shaw calmly replied. “Now we are merely haggling over the price.”