Ensure you stay off the naughty list
WE’VE been warning children for generations about the dangers of poor choices which lead to bad behaviour.
Santa generally takes on the role of enforcer.
Who can forget the warning delivered in chirpy tones and the lyrics we all know:
“He’s making a list and checking it twice.
“He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice,
“Santa Claus is coming to town.”
The childhood punishment for bad behaviour is no presents or, more traditionally, a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking.
As an adult the bad behaviour, and resultant punishment, are much more severe.
It matters not whether you’re a high-ranking cleric, a politician, community leader, a banker, an abusive spouse, a deadbeat parent or just your everyday, garden variety criminal – if you’ve done the wrong thing, it’s only a matter of time until you’re named, shamed and blamed.
Even if you’re not the perpetrator, if you’ve witnessed or had knowledge of such actions and failed to act, you’ll also be named, shamed and blamed.
Duty of care is the buzzword these days.
It’s no longer good enough to turn a blind eye or stay silent or pretend someone else’s misdeeds are nothing to do with you.
Your moral compass needs to be active all the time, particularly if you’ve been entrusted with the care and wellbeing of others.
And, in case that moral compass is malfunctioning, there’s the jail time and financial penalties to encourage entities and individuals to do the right thing.
Regardless of whether you’re in the city or the bush, many organisations have gone to great lengths to demonstrate they take duty of care seriously. So seriously their procedures and protocols may be deemed to be almost extreme ... until someone finds a loophole.
It’s not just in the media where misdeeds are hammered. Royal commissions and courts are full of people accused of doing the wrong thing.
I guess Santa’s not the only one who knows when you’ve been bad or good.
Santa takes on the role of enforcer.