It is always easier for us to recognise unethical behaviour in others than it is to detect it in ourselves. Similarly it is easier to recognise when someone else is compromised. Recognising when our judgement is impaired and that we are no longer independent, as a result of being influenced by others or because of fear of losing our income, is far more difficult than recognising it in someone else.
It is incumbent on each of us to constantly evaluate whether our moral compass is still pointing to our true north. We need to continually ask ourselves whether our actions are informed by our own beliefs that we carefully considered, before we concluded that they are fit to be used in our moral compass. How certain are we that we are not just believing what we are because those around us believe it? Or, that we are believing what we are because those who we have crowned with a halo believe it? Applying one’s own mind is paramount if we were to avoid the temptation of outsourcing our morality to others.