Your Moral Quandary Of The Day

I’m branching out my business, sensation-seekers, to include commentary, punditry, and thumbs up/thumbs down box reviews on matters of faith, spirituality, and moral guidance.
(Actually, “thumbs up/thumbs down” has been trademarked by Ebert. Suggestions for a replacement? I need something that will translate into a catchy little icon for my little capsule segments on “Access Hollywood.” I’m thinking maybe “Shield of Joan of Arc/Severed head of John the Baptist” if we can resolve clearance issues with the respective families.)
First up, a Moral Hypothetical for you to ponder on this Monday:
Let’s say that you are an internationally beloved technology columnist and regarded as Something Of An Expert on tech matters. Moreover, you have written a best-selling iPhone book, with a third edition on its way.
You have shown up for a Monday appointment at 3 PM. However, you were expected at 2. The person you were scheduled to meet with takes out his iPhone to double-check his calendar, as do you.
Do you:
1) Sense that it’s no big deal to either one of you; shrug it off as a “these things happen” sort of thing and commence with the meeting;
2) Admit that you might have entered it into your iPhone incorrectly;
3) Say “Well, it’s easy to sometimes set the wrong time when you create a new appointment; sometimes when you flick the Hour wheel with your finger its ‘momentum’ carries you over to the next digit.”
The implication of course being: “Like HELL it was me. I’m an internationally beloved technology columnist and regarded as Something Of An Expert! Moreover…”
Answer printed below. Turn your screen upside down and hold the Magic Answer Spyglass up to the shaded purple text. Magic Answer Spyglass can be found in the current newsstand issue of “Family Circle”; replacements may be obtained for a nominal handling fee care of this newspaper.

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13 thoughts on “Your Moral Quandary Of The Day

  1. Scott

    #2 and #3 are the same thing, as authoring a best-selling iPhone book will undoubtedly prepare you for #3. So being an internationally beloved yadayadayada, I would lead with a #2 and transition into a #1. The only way I would stick to a steadfast #1 would be if the meeting would significantly impact my future financial outlook (which I believe to be significant, given the plans for world punditry domination). At that point, the #1 technically provides for the possibility of a #2, however ambiguously.

  2. Nevin ":-)"

    The designer in me says the problem isn’t that you entered it in your iPhone incorrectly (that’s just a symptom), but that both you and the meetee had to enter separate but redundant events on your own calendars. Had there only been one calendar event with two participants, either you both would have met at 2 or one of you would have noticed that the time on the event was wrong.

  3. droughtquake

    I have a Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down replacement suggestion. The Mac OS logo vs the ms windows logo.

  4. Victor

    There’s no moral quandary here. If you’re meeting with someone who is going to hire YOU, then you are the one at fault. If you are meeting with someone whom you are going to hire, then they are at fault. Simple. In other words, “When in doubt, cave and grovel”. :-)

  5. Paul Cowell

    I am in agreement with Nevin on the answer to this, the problem is in coordination.

    ” Actually, “thumbs up/thumbs down” has been trademarked by Ebert. ” I love Ebert, but is there also a trademark on throwing Christians to lions? Might be useful in future Moral Quandary questions.

  6. Tim harness

    Just try not to leave the impression you are weaseling out of the blame, such an impression can color any further dealings with the individual. If you are in a superior position in the meeting, and take the blame anyway, you may create a very favorable impression.

  7. Charlie

    Start with #2 then move to #1 – I screwed up but no small animals were harmed, let’s move on. Alternative #3 is a non-starter it shows you are either a liar or technically incompotent.

  8. ctopher

    Get over yourself. You were late. Doesn’t matter what the original plan was, expectations were not met. Apologize and move on. Since you’ve posted this publicly this is either a fictitious situation or you’ve gained prior approval of the other party. Either way, it doesn’t reflect well on you. We all make mistakes, but ‘The better part of valour is discretion’.

    Of course discretion is probably not in the vocabulary of one who suggests that the “Severed head of John the Baptist” should be used as an indication of dislike.

    I give this post a “Baroness Mary Helen Warnock”

  9. Ihnatko Post author

    @ctopher – Relax…it’s just a bit of fun. In truth, I said “I must have entered it in wrong” and we moved on, though in the parking lot later it amused me to think of the little standoff I could have created if I had a bigger ego and less self-esteem.

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