QofMbadgeQuestion of the Month: If your parent or child committed a major crime, would you turn them in?

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My initial response was an absolute Yes. Justice must prevail. If they did something horrible, like murder, they need to be removed from society and pay their dues. Then, I hesitated. Some “What ifs” came to mind. Many great stories, real and imagined, have come from those What ifs. What if your child was married to an abusive man and the only way your daughter believed her children would be safe would be to kidnap them and never let him see them again? Now, imagine you’re the daughter. You’re in hiding, but you can’t resist contacting your parents. Your abusive husband knows you will eventually talk to them, so he presses your parents for information. He uses a lot of force. They know how smart, manipulative, and unrelenting he is, so they come up with a plan. They send him off into a dangerous environment, but to ensure he never makes it out, they sabotage his car. 

Of course, my brain is going off on a wild story idea, but the truth is, I don’t know. Most likely, I’d turn them in. But, certain circumstances might give me a good reason to keep the truth hidden. Back in college the moral question was circulating about whether or not you would steal an expensive drug, say it was a million dollars, if you knew it would cure your loved one? Extend that to ask, “Would you turn that family member in for stealing it, even though it saved your child’s life?”

(I’m on a road trip this week, so I won’t be able to do much blog reading. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll visit your blogs when I return to better WiFi territory!)

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Journaling Prompt: How would you answer that question? Have you ever been faced with that moral choice, even for a smaller offense?