The Law of Small Things, 1st Edition

  • Stuart H. Brody
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  • ISBN-10: 1523098155
  • ISBN-13: 9781523098156
  • DDC: 179
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released May 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This book begins with an IQ (Integrity Quotient) test designed to reveal the casual way we regard our promises and the misconceptions we have about acting truthfully. It shows how most people believe that integrity is something we just have<\Q> and that we just do, like a Nike commercial, and challenges that idea. It depicts these and other deceptions we deploy to appear to act with integrity without actually doing so. It also exposes how our culture encourages breaches of integrity through an array of permitted promise-breaking, <\Q> a language of clichés that equates self-interest with duty, and the illusion of inconsequence<\Q> that excuses small breaches with the breezy confidence that we can fulfill integrity when it counts. What we have is the opportunity to uphold promises and fulfill duties in each situation that faces us, large and small. Integrity is a practice and a habit of keeping promises, the ones we make explicitly and the ones that are implied in all our relationships.<\P>

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
The Illusion of Inconsequence in Everyday Life.
2: An Inconsequential Untruth.
3: The Small Evasions of Everyday Life.
4: Free Dinner on a Friend’s Expense Account.
5: The Truth about Lying.
6: To Thine Own Self Be True.
7: Freedom is No Bargain.
8: Just Do the Right Thing.
9: Hogging a Table at Starbucks.
10: Retaliation and the Practice of Integrity.
Self-Interest and the Veil of Convenience.
11: The Trip of a Lifetime.
12: The Crippling Use of Handicap Permits.
13: A Contest of Wills.
14: Your Cousin’s Keeper.
15: Taking Stock of Your Portfolio.
16: Into Thin Air.
17: Your Obstinate Car Mechanic.
18: Coping with Copyright Laws and Other Pesky Implied Promises.
Survival and Collusion in the Workplace.
19: Your Coworker’s Impending Layoff.
20: Purveying Falsehood for a Living.
21: Pressure to Make Quota.
22: Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
23: Your Company’s New Mission Statement.
24: Bribing Foreign Officials.
25: How Do You Know When You Don’t Know That You Don’t Know?.
26: I Meant to Put in a Good Word for You; I Really Did.
Self-Interest and Loyalty Versus Truth in American Politics.
27: The Lying Truth about Negative Campaign Ads.
28: Break Your Promise and Run for a Third Term.
29: The Dysfunction of Partisanship.
30: Paying Special Attention to a Campaign Contributor.
31: Failing to Prepare for a Vote or a Meeting.
32: I’ve Just Had it with this Guy.
Glossary of Terms Used in the Practice of Integrity.
About the Author.
Other Backmatter.
Other Backmatter.