The Family Hypothetical ~ What Would You Do?
I saw an intriguing question on Facebook posted by my sister Cindy, who’s literally a scientist if that matters.
Well, what definitely matters is extremely early in her scientist-ing she quit working for big drug companies to take a significant pay cut and teach in public high schools. She teaches kids of all levels, but through an advanced placement program she helps a lot of public high school kids earn college credit. Anyway, back to her intriguing question:
You are in bed, house all locked up for the night, and there is a pounding on your front door…
Cautiously you look through the peephole…
A family stands there, they have been chased out of their house by a group of gunmen…
Do you really tell them they should go back home and leave you alone?
I think we are all inclined to say we would not tell the family to go home. But almost all of us would.
We are all as foolish and as out of control as the recovering alcoholic who says–before he goes to the bar–that he can go to the bar and not have a drink when surrounded by it.
There’s so much cruelty and neglect in the world. I don’t believe for a second that it’s caused by a few bad apples. I don’t believe in bad apples. Just us.
We are neither better than the people who chase the refugees away nor better than the people who fearfully refuse to take the refugees in.
People disagree about political ideas because politics is theoretical and hypothetical. But, in reality, the battle is just each man versus himself.
And we’re all in that battle together on the same side. We are #InItTogether.
What do you think? What would do? Please post your answer as a comment below.
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About Scott Hughes
I am the author of Achieve Your Dreams. I also published the book Holding Fire: Short Stories of Self-Destruction. I have two kids who I love so much. I just want to be a good role model for them. I hope what I do here makes them proud of me. Please let me know you think about the post by leaving a comment below!