Are you on the diagonal?

In the book Skin In The Game, the author (pg. 61) stated a saying by the brothers Geoff and Vince Graham:

I am, at the Fed level, libertarian;

at the state level, Republican

at the local level, Democrat;

and at the family and friends level, a socialist.

The author’s argument is that we cannot apply the self-interest universally.  We have to scope down to our clan.  I don’t fully grasp the concept yet, but I agree with the argument.

Sympathy for all would be tyranny for thee, my good neighbor.

And finally

The ethical is always more robust than the legal.  Over time, it is the legal that should converge to the ethical, neve the reverse.

Oh one more

Laws come and go; ethics stay;

Tony Tam (Li Zhi)

Senior Principal Engineer @ Splunk, ImpactfulEngineer.org & SFBadminton.org