A serious moral question for you & all creatives (need your input)

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Today’s post is going to be very short and sweet because I mainly have a question for you.

It involves ethics and morals and whether or not it’s “right” to work with certain companies.

My question to you is…

Is it morally wrong to work with companies that arguably make the world a worse place?

For example, we know by now that fast food isn’t good for us.

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And we know that it’s designed to be addictive and make you hungry a short time later and get you to repeatedly come back and buy some more, leading to a lifestyle of unhealthy eating and way more calories than any person ever needs.

This has led to – and continues to lead to – health issues spreading like wildfire across the world (well, this and an array of similar food products that have little nutritional value, highly addictive properties, and contribute to obesity, heart disease, etc.).

So, if I helped promote such a company through writing, marketing, design, etc., I’m influencing more people to use their products.

That’s what I’m paid to do.

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Do I have a moral obligation then to only work with companies where my influence is used for “good?”

Or is it okay to work with such a company anyway?

Do we bear any of the responsibility? Or because people are “free” to make their own choices, is it not our problem at all?

What do you think?

If you were approached by a fast food giant or a company known to have horrible employee practices or something of the like, what would you do?

Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments

I told you this was short ‘n sweet 😉 But the post doesn’t truly end here. It continues below, in the comments.

Scroll down now and add your thoughts to the discussion.

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  1. PortCreditAl says:

    That’s very subjective. Some might think that if I’m doing work for the Republican Party would be immoral.

  2. i have definitely turned down work that i find morally objectionable, but everyone draws their own line in the sand. it helps me sleep better at night — money isn’t everything.

  3. I would say yes, it is morally wrong. You are arming those companies with your skills to further their gains. This is why my company has written it into our guidelines/motto that we only work with “good” companies on “good” projects. Not only does it help us sleep at night, it also means we tend to work on more exciting, enjoyable projects with pleasant clients. I am always sceptical of people who will work for questionable companies – to me that just implies you are only interested in the bottom $$$$ and not interested in the value you are bringing to your clients (and therefore the quality of your work).

  4. it’s definitely a personal choice whether you work for them or not. I would work for a fast food company, but I’d never work for someone in the porn industry. It’s debatable what’s good or bad or personal choice in their products as well.

  5. Darren Moore says:

    David-what a great question to ask yourself. Will you do your best work if you take on this client? I’ve been in the situation many times and have actually found the work empty and uninspired. My clients are an extension of my brand. I pick accordingly. If you misalign this brand, how does that affect you and your brand?

  6. I think you have an obligation to stay true to your self and your vision for your business. If the client stands against everything you stand for then you just aren’t a good match. This is a personal choice that no one else should judge as they are not you.

  7. Preme Brands says:

    Your answer is in the question. It is up to you on what you do with it.

  8. I agree with John… STAY TRUE… firm believer in this and my work is my passion and alot of my morals and values come across in my work and how it is presented. I would quite willingly turn down work from a source I believed to be unfit in my own personal business practices. Good Question however….. its not all about the money… it definately shouldn’t be.

  9. It’s a very personal choice and boils down to whether or not you particularly agree with that client’s product/agenda. For example, in the past I have refused to work for tobacco clients as I don’t agree with smoking. I wouldn’t have any issues with working for an alcohol client though as I love a drink. If, however, it is a generally accepted morally ‘bad’ client, but you loved their product, why not work for them?

  10. Arin Fishkin says:

    I exclusively work with clients that are contributing/creating something good. Yes – if you don’t support the work a client is doing it is wrong to hitch your horse to that wagon. But what is morally wrong is in the eye of the beholder.

    • “…eye of the beholder.” Really? That is what is called “relative morality” and it is a liberal extremist view. Morality, to many of us, is a very black and white thing. For example, murder is always immoral. It is not subject to “the eye of the beholder” in terms of its morality. So, not all will agree with you on that point.

  11. Tamara Morrison says:

    I’ve had something similar with a client whose business mission I did not support. However I still did the work because although their business and methods and product they sold were not right for ME, it wasn’t like they were out there purposely and vengefully hurting other innocent people.

    They, like me, were business people trying to make it and get their ideas heard above the noise. They had and have plenty of clients that are thrilled with the product. Their ideas weren’t “wrong” persey, just a different way of doing things than I would choose if I were going to use their service.

    I would draw the line at any business that was doing things that knowingly harmed clients, anyone who was incredibly rude, shady, was participating in illegal activity, or whose service was known to cause harm and had majority bad public reviews.

    Things like fast food, ARE a choice and while they may result in bad health to the consumers, the consumers also don’t have to take part, and plenty of people use fast food in moderation and they are lean and live long lives.

    I wouldn’t do work for say, a contractor who I head constantly ripped people off, was rude and crass, and who had shady illegal dealings or say a large company that was in the news for scandal. Another example would be a restaurant with known health violations and an owner that swept it under the table and didn’t care.

    Just my two cents!

  12. I think it depends on your values and who you are as a person / human being. I actually quit once a small company because they wanted me to make the advertising for a geriatric from a dictatorial regime, of course they wanted all the photos of the nice old people smiling alongside the dictator and the military guy in charge of the place, saying it was all beautifully good. It was all a lie as I knew the real state of geriatrics in my country then (right now might be even worse)… I was starving, it was a part time job, and was the only thing I had. I followed my instincts and quit immediately (after the military guy went out of the door).. less than a month later I found a job where I stayed more than 3 years (I never saw that campaign anywhere btw).

    • Torie Weaver says:

      I think you were very brave to follow your instincts. I can only hope that if I am ever faced with similar circumstances, I will act as honorably as you did.

      • Thank you. It was a difficult decision at the moment, but I’m proud I did and I always cite it as an example that even if we’re sunk in difficulties, following our instincts and our values is always the right choice.

        • Torie Weaver says:

          I’m glad it worked out well for you. I can only begin to imagine how difficult it must have been for you to be in that situation. You definitely should be proud of the choice you made. I doubt that there are many people who would have the strength you did. I hope you never have to go through anything like that again.

  13. Lemon Fresh Design says:

    As San Francisco designer Mike Montero says, we are responsible for what we put in the world. Don’t work with or for companies you don’t believe in, don’t create work that doesn’t serve your vision of the greater good. A lot of people come to this though experience rather than idealism, including me. I worked for a model home merchandising company for a few years. Super fun to be in the trenches of fast tracked interior design, but ultimately we were part of chewing up California farmland to build and sell McMansions. I now run my own web and graphic studio and am fortunate enough to be able to recognize when a client is not a good fit and pass on the project. Feels good.

  14. Julia Goldberg says:

    That’s one of the great things about working for yourself. You can work or not work with whom you please! Let’s not forget that people do ultimately have the choice whether or not to buy these products, these companies are simply providing an option. That being said, I prefer to work with companies I am excited about, and have a focus on finding companies/people to design for that are specifically work for the betterment of society or personal wellness. I would probably turn down a fast food assignment because it does not fit my brand.
    http://www.designhalffull.com

  15. Your moral obligation is to YOU (yourself). If being healthy is a conviction for you, then you should not work on the project. You will not do a project justice and it will be reflected in effort and quality of work. As a service provider and creator, you have normally taken stands on what is important to you. These stands can translate through the creative process. As Shakespeare so eloquently wrote, “to thine own self be true”, if you can’t be true to yourself HOW can you be expected to persuade others through your design?!

  16. My agency is dedicated to serving brands that “enhance the quality of life.” Fast food does that in terms of speed and convenience. I would never take on alcoholic beverages, tobacco companies or porn/sex clubs, etc., although I’m sure that some would argue that they enhance their life, lol.

    I want to feel that my work has redeeming value and that I am doing something that is good for others.

  17. I think the power of what we do should only ever be used for good, however we define that in our own moral and ethical point of view.

    But here’s another question: What if you and your family were starving and the only job was for a company doing something that you considered “bad” (tobacco, fast food, etc). Would you take the job or starve?

    • Torie Weaver says:

      That’s a great question Theo. While most of us believe we would respond one way or another in a given situation, it’s only possible to truly know how we will react when we are faced with a difficult situation. I would like to believe that I would not work for a company that was doing something I felt was “bad”, however, I have never been in a position where I was unable to provide for myself and my family, so I don’t know exactly what I would do were I faced with that. Desperation makes us do things we would normally not do.

  18. Personally I believe in only assisting to promote businesses or services which do not harm people and society. It’s part of my own personal ethical profile. I constantly turn down projects which don’t fit this bill. In fact I can barely find a company or agency which does not work for example on promoting alcohol, something I avoid completely. This has forced me to remain independent for many years. Without some kind of ethical code or value system in place all we’re really doing if harming others for our own benefit which is selfish. The harm many of us might do when we help those who’s focus is purely making money and nothing else, eventually comes back to affect us through the social ills we contribute towards in society. Avoid harm and pursue doing good and good at all costs.

  19. There are currently companies in the UK using unpaid labour – indenture, a polite way of saying what is effectively slavery – it is morally wrong to help such. There are international companies involved in a whole range of seriously damaging practices – from environmental destruction to direct harm to local people – again, I would say it is morally wrong to help such. Where people have a reasonably free choice about matters the choice of working for such companies is less harsh and less pointed. Each of us, as self-aware human beings and so owning our actions, morally, legally and beyond, are responsible for our actions and the causes those actions support.

  20. I agree, you have to work within your convictions. So if it just seems to be a bad fit, don’t do it. even if the money is good. because money is not a reason to separate from your convictions.

    • @disqus_vyGpEZMBeO:disqus: I agree 100%. And, also, it seems every time I turn down something that doesn’t feel right, I seem to get another offer soon thereafter that’s even better. God (or the Universe, or Karma, or whatever you call it) is watching out for us.

  21. Torie Weaver says:

    I believe that each person must define what “moral obligation” means to them. What may be morally objectionable to me may not be to someone else. As several people have already said, the decision of which clients to work with is a personal one. Each of us have a moral obligation to do what we believe is right, however, “right” is very subjective. Personally, I need to believe in the product or service my client is selling in order to do my best work. This may not be true for everyone. We each must decide for ourselves where to draw the line.

  22. Hey Preston, as a someone who is putting work out into the world for use & consumption, as a designer, it has to be for good. You have a personal moral obligation as well as a societal and cultural obligation to make it something positive that will improve the quality of life for anyone who sees, uses, or consumes your design. Morality is different depending on who you talk to— you have to trust your personal instincts about it. Your design touches people. It has to be positive. We as designers shape our world. That is what we chose to do & making it a better place is our collective obligation.

  23. In my opinion whether it is ethical or correct to work with certain companies depends on each one of us and our values.

    Every action we take (at work, with ourselves, with our family) should be a reflection of our beliefs. I mean being authentic.

    All though I think we mark our boundaries, I really hope we all use our time, talent and influence to live and help other live a better, healthier and happier life.

  24. I believe you should be able to decline a client if it goes against your morals or ethics; however, in today’s world, there are bakers and photographers who have declined to bake a cake or photograph a wedding, etc. who have been sued and even shut down by certain individuals. So, do we really always have a choice?

    • You have a choice when you’re not discriminating against a whole group of people.

    • Just because you don’t want to accept the project due to ethics or morals doesn’t mean you have to tell them that. You can always turn down the project for a host of other reasons to avoid controversy and possibly bad publicity.

  25. I’m still pretty new to the freelance world (as a developer) and I must say, it is hard to pass up money, no matter where it comes from.

    Dies this make me a bad person? The fact that I’ll take money from a “bad” company so I can feed my 3 kids and otherwise provide for them? I don’t think so.

    Maybe I can be more choosy in the years to come, but for now, I rarely turn money down.

    Another thing that may make me look bad… What’s up with people not wanting to work within the porn industry? I’m not going to put that in my portfolio but why not take the project?

    I honestly can’t think of an industry that I’d automatically blacklist. There are definitely industries that I wouldn’t include in my portfolio but I’ll work in any of them.

  26. Short answer: Yes we should do best we can e. i. refuse jobs you will harm people, animals, earth…

    Longer answer: Good question, David. Last year I faced the same challenge: I was asked by a guy (not so close friend) to help him (with graphic design) to start his new business. His business had (when inspected deeply) all signs of usury. He offered a significant amount of money. When we ended our meeting I promised to do my best (though I was not convinced it’s the best thing I can do). Right after he closed the door I started to feel uneasy. I turned to my wife who looked at the case from the money perspective. I wasn’t happy though and turned to my (real and close) friends who all ended up talking about the feeling I may have if I take or drop the deal. So I called the guy and said I don’t feel a good candidate to do this job well. And now I’m glad I refused that. I feel and believe we attract work we wish (and know is ther right to do) and drive (via meaning of the smart universe and things people tend to call coincidence) away those we refuse. Besides I’ve read the “Do Good Design” (word “Designed” crossed out) https://www.davidberman.com/social/dogood/ and signed this “Do Good Pledge” https://www.davidberman.com/social/dogood/#tab2 That’s why. But I’m aware things aren’t always that easy.

  27. Orlagh O'Brien says:

    Consider the “Rocking Chair Test”. Imagine you are considerably older than now, let’s say near the end of a good long life. Look back to this moment in time and imagine you said “no” to the job. With this altered perspective, how does that decision feel?

  28. Great discussion, 20 years ago I was conflicted as a graphic designer, it was my chosen profession but I was hanging out with a lot of artists at the time, some of whom considered I was prostituting my creativity.
    This same question comes up in all creative fields, the ambiguous notion of “selling out”. I remember being conflicted at the time and asking a senior designer what he thought about the ethics of creating pallets of advertising material (from shredded trees) that was just basically over-hyped propaganda that doesn’t really help anybody. The reply was: the less you think about this stuff the better off you are. Well I wasn’t buying that, I kept going with my career, and what I discovered was you get a lot of joy from volunteering your skills to worthy projects. Everybody loves a good design, the more work you do in the fields you like, the more work you’ll get in those fields. Personally, I have done so much good work for projects with positive social outcomes that I feel great about promoting the luxuries in life that I enjoy such as good food, good coffee, art events, etc. The more experience and skills I gather, the more I can actually help people such as helping improve government processes by good design.
    I have freelanced for a long time, once I was asked to do work for McDonalds and said no. It was a bad time to say no because I really needed the cash. I actually regret that decision now, if I had taken that job at the time I would have had more freedom to keep doing what I do… and some other designer would have taken the job. Can you imagine every designer in the world saying “No, I won’t design for McD’s”? I was young and my personality has changed a lot since then. I think I am more open to working with lots of people now, I am not so self-righteous, but I still embrace principles of ethics. I think there is room for more ethics in the world, they make the world a better place for everyone.
    Check out this design group that was created to explore frameworks of design to achieve positive social outcomes.

    https://www.facebook.com/SocialDesignSydney

    • This has got me thinking about art again, take Andy Warhol, formerly a graphic designer, he used to complain his hands got sore from drawing shoes all day for a shoe catalogue…. then he became a well known artist, well known for creating an art studio called ‘the Factory’ and for mass producing screen prints

      such as the Campbell soup can.

  29. A very good question! In college i had a lot of fun and did well in advertising as we did a lot of projects with the ad students. Ethically there was quite a big gap between the design and ad students right from the beginning – two different cultures. Since then i have done very little, outside of a few high tech clients who need some advertising etc. Pretty simple non-issue stuff.

    The ad culture can be bankrupt ethically from my experience. I have to be true to myself, so doing work for companies who manipulate us into buying things we don’t need or are greed based is not good for your integrity and not really fair to them either.

    I once read that the Marketing association or something similar in the USA said that service was # 1. profit was #2 which should be put back into the company to provide a better service. If everyone creates and provides really good service, profit will take care of itself and us. Somehow, some have got this backwards and have forgotten that we are here to help and solve design and marketing problems for others with our expertise – and yes, they pay us for it.

    I have always gravitated to organizations who were doing good things and i am very thankful i have not had to contend with a lot of unethical organizations. The field of advertising and marketing certainly is not corrupt as it can and does a lot of good for a lot of well meaning companies. It’s the ones who sell their soul to the devil or the ones who would sell their own grandmother to make a sale or please a client that we have to look out for.

  30. Yes, of course it is morally wrong to work for those companies, we all know it is too. Trust that turning down unethical work will result in landing some amazing projects that make real positive change in this world 😉

  31. Yes. It is morally reprehensible. The fit has to be right. I had an opportunity 8 yrs ago to make a s**tload of money creating interfaces for a porn conglomerate. I said ‘pass. It was the right thing to do. Thank you for your post. > v <

  32. I’ve turned down leads that weren’t aligned with my morals/lifestyle in terms of vegetarianism most often. Otherwise I’ve been blessed with only amazing people contacting me for work so haven’t been in a spot very often at all to even think about this. But I totally encourage everyone to turn down stuff that doesn’t feel good to support. I see this happen all the time – you turn down something that’s not quite right. Then, almost right after, something awesome comes along – another opportunity that you would have had to skip if you accepted the first project. Yay life is magical.

  33. Excellent question! I’ve owned my own agency for 20 years and have had a number of occasions where we’ve turned down work because it was not in line with our company values. Porn, tobacco, gambling, even though the money was going to be good in all those cases. I just couldn’t sleep at night doing that kind of work and I didn’t feel I could ask my employees to work on those clients. It’s incredibly important to know where your boundaries are.

  34. I guess it depends on where you are personally and what battles you’re willing to fight in and for. In order to make big changes, we have to sometimes draw a line in the sand and dare not to cross it. The food industry has grown out of control and operates more like an oligopoly. And in my blogs and posts I often remind people that the sugar industry operates like the mafia.

    As a freelancer who could use bigger jobs and/or part-time work, I still refuse to work for fast food companies: in the serving capacity as well as promotion. Especially since I frequently speak against partaking of their offerings.

    But back to the battle. If every ad agency/freelancer would stand up and refuse these jobs (in a perfect world where there were a plethora of other job opportunities), then I think the Fast Food Industry in particular would have to rethink what they are doing. It’s the only business that I know of that knowingly harm their customers to the point of serious illnesses (that prevents them from ever eating FF again) or worse, death. These illnesses such as diabetes costs the US as a whole over $245 billion dollars annually, $176 billion in direct medical costs, $69 billion in reduced productivity and the individual diagnosed with diabetes incur an out of pocket cost around $7,900 per year. So whether you have diabetes from consuming bad fast food (because there are some that are somewhat okay), we’re all affected by the promotion of Fast Food.

    However, I place no harsh judgement on any freelancer/agency who takes on jobs from the Fast Food giants. It’s not like I would ever say to you, “how dare you?” No, because in this economy, we do have to make adjustments to survive. But for me, I put faith in God to get me through.

  35. I think you should do this on a case by case basis. I’ve known people that stated they would only shop or “patron” certain places or products because how they are made or how the animals were treated, etc. etc.

    The fact is once you start to do some digging, you’ll find many places will NOT live up to whatever standard you have set.

    Does that mean never set a standard? Of course not, but just recognize that if you hold that standard to everything or everyone you may not be working at all.

    So I say do it on a case by case basis and go with your “gut feeling”, if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. My 2 cents.

  36. If you can sleep at night after working for McDonalds, then more power to you. Would I do it personally? No. It is not the client I want in my portfolio because it is not something I can stand behind proudly. But I would not have an issue with the next person who would be quick to snatch up what I am sure would be a very nice McCheck.

  37. Great question, which took me few minutes to think about. I think its always a individual decision.But if you are not reliant to the money – don’t do it. It lets you sleep quietly 🙂

  38. Ashley James Skilton says:

    I was given the oppurtunity 3 years ago to expat from the UK to Dubai to lead a multi million project with online Casinos.

    I rejected the offer.. however much I would like to make millions it just doesn’t seem worth it if I have to sell my soul to corporations.

    I would rather make millions doing something that would actually benifet peoples lives rather then make things worse in an already toxic world.

  39. Honestly, if I were White, not that I want to be, I would turn down immoral offers for work, but I am not and this field doesn’t always welcome us into the office for a cup of joe. Get in where we fit in, cringe, do our job, and hopefully move up in that company or move out to a better one. Chicago is a very bias place in the creative arts platform. No matter what art we do, because of our skin color, employers always refer to our work as, “ethnic” when most of us just see it as work. Even in high school, my art teacher gave me an “A+” but wouldn’t post my art work with the others in the art show, because my green dragon was too, “Ethnic” or rather done by an Black girl at a predominately White school. So if McDonald’s, a place I don’t buy burgers, offers me a job in their ad department. I would ask where do I sign.

  40. Gail Maynard says:

    I had two scenarios come up recently where I struggled with this. I am currently rebranding myself and really want to focus on working for people doing good in the world without a name or standard that rules out a lot of other clients – it’s tough because I already have some clients that don’t fit the model. One potential client is a conservative religious organization and I am very religiously liberal. I decided to go for it on that one because if I believe we are all ONE and there is only one God, then I cannot exclude them. The next potential client was a Rap artist – a young girl perpetuating ideas to other young women that being “hot” and making lots of money are what matters in life – along with F*** this and F*** that – Nigga this and that and aren’t I a BAD ASS. I PASSED (and that was about $5000 worth of work…ugh). I quit my corporate job to feel good about the quality of my work and what I’m promoting so I will not promote fast food or cigarettes (or a company that claims they are all natural, but I know otherwise). But alcohol – hmmmm – I love hearing some of the bootstrap stories of small distilleries in TX and if they are also doing good things with some of their income I probably would do work for them.

  41. Gail Maynard says:

    I had two scenarios come up recently where I struggled with this. I am currently rebranding myself and really want to focus on working for people doing good in the world without a name or standard that rules out a lot of other clients – it’s tough because I already have some clients that don’t fit the model. One potential client is a conservative religious organization and I am very religiously liberal. I decided to go for it on that one because if I believe we are all ONE and there is only one God, then I cannot exclude them. The next potential client was a Rap artist – a young girl perpetuating ideas to other young women that being “hot” and making lots of money are what matters in life – along with F*** this and F*** that – Nigga this and that and aren’t I a BAD ASS. I PASSED (and that was about $5000 worth of work…ugh). I quit my corporate job to feel good about the quality of my work and what I’m promoting so I will not promote fast food or cigarettes (or a company that claims they are all natural, but I know otherwise). But alcohol – hmmmm – I love hearing some of the bootstrap stories of small distilleries in TX and if they are also doing good things with some of their income I probably would do work for them.

  42. I believe that I would prefer to “Refer” rather than Reject. Some years ago a local studio turned down a Fur Coat and Accessories ad shoot because the owner/operator didn’t want to be involved with “the glorification of killing and wearing animals.” She referred the client to our studio and we jumped on it like a Hen on a June Bug.

    During the process we had a few prospective models turn down the shoot for ethical reasons, and I’m OK with that. There were more than enough available to do the brochure. The next year we landed the entire retail catalog contract and remembering the referral that got us in the door we subcontracted quite a bit of ‘unobjectionable’ work to them. It was a Win Win for all.

    Freelancers have a lot of latitude, but there isn’t too much of a jump from Wedding Cakes to Weddings, where ‘the government’ requires that you accept the work.

    I’ll admit, I was a commercial photography whore. You got the money, we do the shoot. OBVIOUSLY EXCLUDING CREEPY ILLEGAL and PORN kind of stuff.

    I would have never asked one of our shooters, however, to do anything to which they presented a reasonable objection. It wouldn’t be good business sense anyway, especially in a creative field. You don’t want your artists letting their ‘misgivings’ showing up in their work, which it inevitably will.

    This, however, was in the ‘olden days’ when PC meant IBM, and the concept of a tea-totaling or non-smoking artist (is there such a thing? 🙂 ) refusing to illustrate an ad or shoot a scene because it had Alcohol or Tobacco in it would have been called absurd unless they were required to actively participate in the offending activity.

    Like the word ethics, however, ‘active participation’ means different things to different people.

    But what do I know, I’m just a conflict weary old man.

  43. Erika Reinhart says:

    I believe the most important thing is to always be working toward
    having the autonomy to choose only the work that aligns with your own
    values. And also to gain the skills to be able to do the best job
    possible when this work comes along. In my own experience, this process
    takes a lot of time and very deliberate effort. And it is ongoing.

  44. My two cents… I have a personal belief system that I have cultivated over my life. I try to live my life by that philosophy in all things, including my work. I don’t believe that you can compartmentalize work, home, family, etc. Everything is connected. I have worked for some companies who had bad business practices, and the longer I worked for them, the more I could feel my own morals being corrupted. I would like to say that I always steer clear of that, but sometimes the money wins out. I do think about the consequences of my actions, however, and how the work I do might affect others. Nothing is ever black and white, but I try to make conscious choices based on awareness and truth. It usually works out.

  45. there is no question.you can’t scar your conscience for a dollar.long after that dollar is gone,you carry the consequences of that decision. Is it hypocritical to support something you are vehemently opposed to, yes it is. As a Christian I know that God provides my needs, so I have no worries as far as income,but more importantly can I take something I was gifted with, a talent that was given to me and invest it in something and someone so opposite of what I believe is right.
    For those who don’t hold to scripture as a guide, Isn’t there a quote if you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem?

  46. I wouldn’t say it’s “morally wrong”, in the sense that I would judge others who do it. I value freedom, and other people’s freedom to choose who they work for is sacred to me, whether I agree with their choice or not.

    However, I would never work for a company I don’t want to be associated with.

    I rejected jobs that were of pornographic or religious nature, because I can’t do a good job on a project I don’t believe in.
    It’s for their good, as well as mine.