But there is NO excuse to throw out your morals and ethics. A lot of people that do that think they aren't hurting anyone but themselves. Let me assure you, as somebody who's been there - if you hurt yourself, your family will hurt with you. Consider also that if you throw morals and ethics to the winds, others will too - they will have to, just to protect themselves from you.
Extend it: if you hurt your family, often, you'll hurt your community. If you hurt your family and community - eventually you end up hurting your nation.
People bristle and balk at the idea of 'I am my brother's keeper' and I get that too. But is it too much to ask that you at least take care of yourself? There may be no nobility in having to lean on someone else - but what happens if they need to lean on you?
I'm not a religious man yet, but it was Canukistani Thanksgiving up here over the weekend. I thanked my Maker for my parents and most especially my wife. I said a prayer for my daughter and my in laws when I was out with the dogs so I don't know if it counts or not.
Previously I've said I regard fall and winter as the end of the year but yesterday morning, on that bridge in the park where we always stop so I can crick my back out and the dogs lie down to wait for me and soak up a morning outside... in the peace and quiet of the park it felt like the beginning of something.
I certainly hope so.