Rationalthinking requires an individual to focus on actions that benefitoneself and do not harm others. However, irrational people tend tofavor their self-interests at the expense of other people, or theyprofit from their actions while producing harm to others (Richard& Elder, 2012).Irrational thinking is mostly associated with egocentric individualswho view everything about their gain. These people act in ways thatserve their needs without caring about others in the society. In mostcases, most egocentric people make unethical decisions, whichinterfere with the well-being of others (Richard& Elder, 2012).On the other hand, rational thinking enables individuals to performactions that are fulfilling in life and respects the needs of otherswhile pursuing their personal needs. Therefore, in considering bothtypes of thinking, it is necessary to point how egocentric thinkingca translate to unethical actions that might adversely affect othersin the society.
Myuncle, James, started a new firm, Simple Homes Corporation, providinghome solution to many middle-class men and women who were eager toown houses. The organization operated mostly on social media as thisplatform provided easy access to many clients in need of homes tosettle down with their families. James offered asset financing forthe customers, which made his firm more attractive as one could own ahome with only a small discount while paying the rest in monthlyinstallments. However, James operated the company with a fake addresswithout a physical office and most clients assumed that since theycould meet with the company agents in specified locations, there wasno need of visiting the physical offices. The media presence of theorganization and a strongly developed website convinced many of itstrustworthy. For the firm to look legitimate, Uncle James managed toconvince several unsuspecting relatives and his close friends to joinin this scheme so they would own homes faster. Many of them agreedand invested in Simple Homes with the hope of owning a house sooner.However, they never suspected that the company never existed and theywere operating a fraud scheme to get money from the customers.
Havingan egocentric mind leads one to unethical actions, which cause severedamage to other people’s economic and social status. According toUncle James, the house acquisition plan for new members was set tosix months, during which the customers were assured the houses wereunder construction. After the waiting period had been over, those whohad invested demanded their houses and that is when people learnedthe company was a fraud. Many clients were frustrated as they hadinvested most of their money in this scheme and they had losteverything with the company having no physical address to track them.This sort of fraud scheme is highly unethical as it preys and harmson other innocent investors and such acts are propagated by greedfrom egocentric people who lack empathy for their clients(Richard & Elder, 2012).The decisions made by Uncle James were against the establishedbusiness ethics and designed to make them richer at the expense ofthe innocent customers. A rational decision would have convinced thecompany owners to actualize their plan and create a legitimatebusiness that would benefit them, as well as the clients.
Theirrational thinking often results in unethical decisions that harmother innocent people. Most individuals pursue egocentric thinking toserve their personal interests without considering the repercussionsto the victims. In the case of Uncle James and his Simple Homes, theinvestors lost their money to the fraudulent actions. Such actionsare highly condemned as they go against the business ethics, aspeople lose their investment funds to a few pockets. However,rational thinking is imperative as it enables individuals to makeethical decisions that contribute to the wellbeing of others.
Richard,P., & Elder, L. (2012). Criticalthinking: Tools for taking charge of your learning and your life.UpperSaddle River, NJ: Pearson.