Oddly enough, Netflix’s Dope inspired this blog post.
I’m trying to live a better life these days. Instead of living up to certain standards because it is what is expected of me, I’m instead trying to do the right things for the right reasons. Because it’s your reasons that often matter as much as the actions. Do the right thing for the right reason.
But unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. I’m not always a good person. Case in point: shoplifting. (Though I feel it’s worth noting while I have no qualms about swiping from a corporation, I’d never take from a family-owned shop, or a stranger’s home, or a friend’s home. Even thieves have morals, twisted as they might be!)
Another case in point: Dan’s profession as a professional student tutor at HACC (insert pride here). Earlier this fall he was approached with an offer for $1000 cash, no questions asked, no strings attached, if he took a student’s final exam for them. Sexual favors were also alluded to. Dan, being a much better person than me, said ABSOLUTELY NO WAY for the right reasons: morally, it’s wrong; and also, his career would be at stake.
Me? Forget the morals. I don’t have them as far as the test is concerned. That student could still excel in their chosen career even if they’re not a good test-taker. But I said no for the simple fact that Dan’s reputation, and thus his entire career, would be on the line if what he did ever came to light.
And that, my friends, frenemies, and hopeful friends-to-be, is what makes me a not-so-good person in some ways. I said no to cheating, but I didn’t say no for all the right reasons.