We recently had a high-profile debate over behavior at the Oscars. In addition, I have something that I also feel needs to be brought to the table.
Let's start with the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It's simple, it's basic and that rule is found throughout history and in most major religions. The Golden Rule is all you really need to know about 99 percent of the time. There are other times that seem to be a little trickier.
Recently we all debated whether it was okay for a man to hit another man for a joke about his wife. Heck, just typing it makes me wonder all over again. It's a good thing I'm here to clear things up for you and myself. Maybe you think you would deserve to be hit if you made fun of another man's wife. Well, just because you're okay with it doesn't mean it's right.
So take the Golden Rule and add in Wes's Blue Rule. The Blue Rule is simple, it goes like this, "Would you do it in front of a cop?" Think fast, would you hit another man, because he made a joke about your wife in front of a cop? Whether your answer is yes or no, the end result is that you will be arrested, and being arrested is a pretty clear sign that you are in the wrong.
Now, as for the thing I wanted to bring to the table, the same goes for misdeeds in the name of your beliefs. You might think it's okay to scratch "have a nice day" in someone's car hood, but would you do it in front of a cop? If the answer is no, then you are doing wrong. Now you might think my example is dumb, but someone is writing and scratching well-meaning stuff on our public art and in other public places and that is wrong.
If you still don't think it's wrong, go write whatever you were going to write on the front of the police station, or on a police car and see how that works out for you.