To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

It is a moral dilemma that regularly occurs when purchasing online. At some point in making the purchase you are required to affirm that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions. What do you do in that instant? If you have no moral constraint then of course you tick the box without thinking. However, to tick the box without having read the relevant documents is a lie and Proverbs 6:19a informs us that one of the things the Lord hates is a false witness who pours out lies.

The situation is made easier when the statement just reads “I agree to the terms and conditions.” In that instance there is no moral obligation to have read them – you can just tick the box trusting that the vendor will be adopting reasonable terms.

But returning to where we were – what are we to do with regards to ticking a box stating that we have read the terms and conditions? If there were just two statements taking up a maximum of fifty words then it would be easy to read, but there are normally a vast list of them. Moreover they are often couched in phraseology which covers all kinds of legal niceties. And to say that reading them is dull does a disservice to the word “dull”. So what are we to do?

I offer my way through it all. I fast read. And I mean fast read with a vengeance. In that way I feel I can with some measure of integrity tick the box.

I would value any insights anyone else would have though.

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