WWDD? A few years back wristbands and tee-shirts with WWJD? were popular. Those unable to make up their minds on tricky ethical issues were encouraged to ask themselves what would Jesus do? Every day we all face questions that may puzzle us as we navigate the moral maze.
Maybe we should try asking what would Donald Trump do? And then do the opposite.
For example: if you read a less-than-flattering tweet or come across someone whose views you profoundly disagree with, then you may be tempted, especially in the small hours of the morning, to reply, perhaps quite rudely. That’s what the Dona ld would do. You, of course, should do the opposite: roll over and go back to sleep. Or maybe just say something nice.
Or perhaps you owe somebody money. It’s tempting to refuse to pay them, file an expensive counter-suit against your debtors and then bully them into accepting a much lower amount than they are owed. That’s what Donald has done on a number of occasions. So do the opposite: just pay people what you owe them. It’s not the best way to make a fortune but at least you can sleep at night.
Let’s say you see an attractive young woman: should you attempt to grab her by any part of her anatomy? WWDD? That’s right – its wrong! Even if you could get away with it multiple times, as he has, it’s still wrong. I think it goes without saying that I would advise you not commit adultery even once, let alone commit sexual assault and then brag about it on camera.
One last thought – maybe it’s not just a helpful rule-of-thumb for the ethical conundrums of everyday life. Maybe it can be applied to politics as well. After hearing Trump’s advice to our Prime Minister on Brexit (“She didn’t listen to me” – I know, Don, I know, she never listens to me either) I found myself wondering – if he and foreign multi-millionaires like Rupert Murdoch are so keen on it, is it really going to make me and my country better off?
Anyway, just a few thoughts from me, I’m off to be racis… oh hang on WWDD?