I struggle with the idea of "duty" since the concept implies legal obligation for which a court may impose a sanction. The reality is that there are myriad decisions that we make in the course of any given hour, day, week, and year that fall far below any legal conception of duty but which result in outcomes: good and bad and disastrous . We engage in magical thinking when we we exclaim: "why me," "woe is me," and "what the fuck." Instead of duty let's talk about choice, the need to choose to be aware.
As a rule, I don't like to comment on the BIG STORY which right now is the Fort Hood massacre allegedly perpetrated by Major Nidal Hasan, but the report by NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120540125 that Hasan's bosses were sending up flares about this character perfectly encapsulates a couple of ideas that I've been pursuing, here. Right now, there's a lot of what-the-fuck thinking going on about Major Hasan, when in reality hundreds if not thousands of shitty decisions put Nidal Hasan precisely in the place where with guns blazing. Major Hasan writes another chapter in that book we edit that marks out America as an obsessively violent place.
On another day I'll talk about some of the cases where I've encountered seemingly inexplicable employment decisions--that ended up costing the employer dearly. But today, I'll not trivialize the Fort Hood disaster with anecdotes from the Bad Lawyer. By the way the title of this blawg entry is a direct quote from Yehuda Berg, the Kabbalist Rabbi--who I heard speak at an event last night (and, no the Bad Lawyer is not Jewish or related to Madonna.)