Right Action


I teach you to do the right thing.

What is the Right Thing to Do?

You’re filled with pressing doubt about how to begin. Or you can’t make up your mind.

Or you go back and forth without end. Or you act impulsively, doing the first thing that strikes you, only to regret it. Or you end up doing whatever others recommend even if you’re left wondering why you did it and what you really believe. Where are you in all this?

You keep delaying, dragging your feet, or else you’re surprised by the mess you’ve gotten yourself in after having dashed off again.

You feel foolish, stuck, lost.

What is Right Action?

Right action involves not only coming up with and considering reasons for acting but also acting on the right reasons. Over the years, I’ve conversed with conversation partners about a whole range of subjects, guiding them to clarity on such matters as

  • how to do the hard thing despite the pain it will cause others
  • whether to have a child
  • whether to leave a spouse
  • whether to leave a career
  • how to start a new business
  • which is the best place to live
  • how to live through a time of immense physical suffering
  • how to defend yourself against false accusations
  • how to become more self-reflective and less impulsive
  • how to speak the truth in the face of injustice
  • how to act courageously in spite of your fears
  • how to persist in the face of timidity and doubt
  • how to face up to existing reality

It’s easy to do the right thing in easy cases, but to be good moral agents capable of directing our lives we need to be able to act well in the hard cases without having to rely on the council of others.

Learning Right Action

Through practice and philosophical conversations, we can learn to do the right thing. Becoming a good moral agent involves

(1) picking out what is most relevant in the situation,

(2) weighing and sorting out the most salient reasons for doing one thing rather than another,

(3) testing candidate acts through thought experiments and past experience, and

(4) acting, when it comes time, on the right reasons.

The goal is that, through these conversations, you’ll become an agent of your own life, thinking clearly, feeling steady, and acting well in your everyday life.

Are You Ready for Right Action?

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