The Barometer was asked this question following a speech. Together my questioner and I noted all of the business executives and politicians who keep repeating the behaviors of others who have paid mightily (in fines and in the slammer). One could go with hubris, sociopathic tendencies, and other psychological explanations. But, here’s a thought. Maybe they just don’t know their history. Perhaps they are not reading the newspapers. For example, a headline in the Wall Street Journal today is “Kushner Used His Personal Email To Message White House Staffers.” We have been told that Mr. Kushner is just aces, a brilliant, young business man. Did the name Hillary Clinton not ring a bell? James Comey? Yoga classes and wedding plans? The rest of us stopped e-mailing during the presidential election just in case our e-mails to others showed up in some campaign somewhere.
The Barometer has hundreds of files in which the stories of ethical missteps are documented. History repeats, and so do ethical lapses. In all those files, there is nothing new under the sun. People just keep making the same mistakes. Perhaps we should read the newspaper each day to digest the stories so that we can curb our inner demons. Forget the psychoanalysis — read, digest and apply (to ourselves).