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Updated on Jun 18, 2013

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There is a lot of Austin real estate out there. It can be so overwhelming, and a little scary when you are looking for houses in Austin. Have no fear! Our agents are ready to help you find the right Austin houses for you.

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Heroes have the ability to see the “right path” when everyone else sees “gray areas” and loopholes. We live in a world with millions of laws, codes, regulations and ordinances. The tentacles of the law reach into every aspect of our lives including the cars we drive, what we watch on TV, what we listen to on the radio, what we see on the internet, what we eat, what we drink, and even the air we breathe. Point out any item in your house, and I can tell you some body of law that probably affects it.

To understand the law, you have to have a three-year law degree and even then, the best lawyers can only master one or two areas of law in a lifetime. The more laws we create, the more gray areas and loopholes we create.

For example, in Washington State, two men were indicted for photographing and videotaping women’s privates under their skirts in public places. The jury convicted them of violating the state’s law against voyeurism, which is designed to keep people “safe from hostile intrusion or surveillance.” The case was appealed and the Supreme Court of Washington State reversed the convictions on the ground that, technically, the men had not violated any law. The voyeurism law didn’t specifically say you could not take photographs and videotapes of women’s privates underneath their skirts – as long as they were in public. Judge Bobbe Bridge wrote, “It is the physical location of the person that is ultimately at issue, not the part of the person’s body.” It so happened that the photographs and videotapes were taken at a public mall and an outdoor festival. This is a classic definition of a loophole. There was a public outcry and immediately, the legislature began drafting a new law to plug this loophole.

Okay, so we can’t expect a couple of perverted renegades to exactly be looking for “the right path” to begin with. But what about ABC News? On ABCnews.com, there was a Real Player link to a video segment that showed what appears to be one of the “upskirt” shots. Did ABC use the photos of the victims to get attention and draw more viewers to its site? Was ABC just as guilty of invading the privacy of these women?

Of course, when the media does it, all kinds of First Amendment issues arise. If it’s “newsworthy” its okay, and anyone trying to stop it is accused of censorship, which is deemed unconstitutional and un-American. More loopholes.

Why do we need so many laws when a few simple rules should suffice? The easy ones that come to mind are, don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t lie and don’t cheat. You may be able to think of a few others. But if all laws were abolished and everyone in the world actually followed these simple rules, the world would be a much better place. The crime rate would be reduced to almost zero because there would be no deception, no cheating, no stealing and no killing. There would be no war. There would be very few lawsuits. Most of us lawyers would be out of a job. Business would operate 100% more efficiently and profitably because people doing deals could be confident that they weren’t being deceived, people would work an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay and manufacturers and retailers would only produce the safest and highest quality goods. Life isn’t nearly as complicated as we think. Heroes have the ability to see the right path despite the “gray areas” and loopholes.

Granted, there are some questions out there for which there are no right or wrong answers. But they are few and far between. Moses and Zach were two teenage boys who were brothers. They lived for adventure. Together with their faithful dog Dakota, they would go camping, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, and mountain climbing together. They were inseparable. They defended each other in all situations. One summer evening, they made a pact beneath the towering pecan tree they spent all day jumping off of into a river. They swore that if the other was ever in an accident or became so sick that he would spend the rest of his life in endless pain or if his body was so badly damaged that he could not function, the other brother would somehow end his life out of mercy.

One day, as fate would have it, Moses was in a motorcycle accident that nearly ended his life. The surgeons worked for hours and managed to keep him breathing and his bodily functions working, but only by the aid of a life support system. He was in a coma, and it was unclear whether he would ever come out of it. After several months, the doctors told his family it was unlikely that he would ever come out of the coma. Suddenly, Zach had a tough decision to make. He had made a pact. Should he honor the pact he had made with Moses or not? Would anyone else understand?

After months of struggling with this decision, one day Zach went into Moses’ hospital room and stared at all the tubes and wires protruding from what used to be his vibrant, laughing, athletic brother. As he remembered all the good times they had together, Zach began to weep. His mind took him back to the banks of the river under a big pecan tree that they used to jump from into the water. It was under this tree that they had made their pact. With Dakota and God as their only witnesses, they had made their pact.

Zach went to the main plug that controlled the breathing apparatus that pumped oxygen into his brother’s lungs and stood there for a moment. Finally, he slowly but deliberately pulled the plug. The machine turned off, and Moses quit breathing. After a few moments, Moses was dead. A nurse entered the room and saw Zach leaning over his brother, crying like a baby. The monitors showed no heartbeat and no brain waves. The nurse noticed that the breathing apparatus wasn’t working. Frantically running around trying to see what had gone wrong, the nurse finally noticed that the cord wasn’t plugged in.

Ultimately, Zach was indicted for murder. Here is your morality test question: If you were on the jury in the trial of this boy, would you vote to convict or acquit? Ask your friends and neighbors what they would do. See what kind of reactions you get.

You see, it’s easy to say “do the right thing.” But we don’t always know what the “right” thing is. The right thing according to whom? The right thing in what circumstances? Where do you go for guidance? Who do you ask? What factors do you consider when you’re faced with a moral or ethical dilemma? Do you follow the Golden Rule—Do unto others as you would have them do unto you? Do you conduct a cost/benefit analysis? Do you consider only the tangible costs and benefits of doing what you are considering doing, or do you also consider the intangible costs and benefits? Are the real-world consequences of doing what you are considering worth whatever benefits you think you will obtain?

When we are under extreme pressure, our judgment-making ability is often impaired. When you are faced with a crisis, you may be tempted to fudge a little, to lie a little, to cheat a little, to destroy someone’s character a little. But this usually complicates the issue and only creates bigger obstacles than the original crisis you were facing. I have represented more than one client who was in this exact situation.

Stop and think about it. From a tangible cost/benefit analysis, some of the relevant questions are: What if my spouse and family knew? What if I am caught? What if my boss finds out? Remember, if you can’t live with the consequences of the worst case scenario, you should not seriously consider this option. Tragedy happens in the decision-making process when we ignore or discount real world possibilities. When bells and whistles go off and red flags are raised in your head, it is time to pay attention. Don’t sleepwalk through the decision-making process.

When dealing with moral and ethical choices, the cost/benefit analysis is usually much more intangible and subjective than in other decisions. It raises questions such as, Could I live with myself if I did this? Could I recommend this as the best course of action if my children came to me for advice? Could I announce publicly what I did without shame? Would my mother be proud of me?

What do you do when the cashier gives you too much change back? What would you do if you found a wallet with money in it and a driver’s license? What do you consider to be an appropriate tax deduction? These questions all stem from moral and ethical situations we find ourselves in from time to time. There are countless others. How we deal with these situations reveals a great deal about who we are.

The process of decision-making when dealing with moral and ethical choices is very personal and private. Usually when we are tempted, it is in a situation in which we believe that “no one will ever find out.” Therefore, we are not likely to consult mentors or seek advice from friends, family, or spiritual leaders. Our conscience is our only guide. The true test of a person’s character is how he acts when he thinks no one is watching.


Remember, if you are buying or selling real estate in Austin, please call Rose Castro at EXIT: Options Realty.
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