In the field of ethics, one of the guiding principles for making ethical decisions is known as the “Mom Test”.
Basically the Mom Test asks decision makers to think about what their mom would think of the decision he or she is about to make. If you think your Mom would approve the decision, then it passes the Mom Test, and you can go ahead and choose that particular course of action. If it fails the Mom Test, then it means the decision maker should choose a different course of action.
This past weekend at the Tony Awards, Robert De Niro, one of my favorite actors, dropped the F-bomb when referencing President Trump. It got a standing ovation from the crowd, and I’m not sure why.
Now I dislike President Trump as much as the next guy, but I think there are more appropriate ways to express such dislike, while still showing respect for the Office of the President of the United States.
I know my Mom would not approve of me using such language when talking about someone, and I wonder if De Niro’s Mom would have approved of his behavior.
So what to do?
The most powerful, and most appropriate, way we can voice our displeasure with our leaders is to vote against them, and to rally others to do so.
Given that my Mom volunteered at the polls for several years, I’m sure she would approve of such an approach.
That being said, while I can’t wait for President Trump to be out of office, I do hope he succeeds in bringing peace and prosperity to not only the U.S., but the world as well.