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Haley Goranson

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Which is more important, to do right or to do good?

A rich man walks down the street and drop a 20 dollar bill. You know he will not even notice it is gone. On the side of the street sits a beggar who looks really hungry. The good thing is to give the money to the beggar, the right thing is to give it back to the man who dropped it.



- Maybe instead of taking this question , as a question of right and wrong or judgment, perhaps what we can take from this is that there are a variety of opinions and many people have different ideas of what is morally right. That is beautiful to me. This is just an example that good and right are almost undefinable, or at the least the definition is always changing for everyone.

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  • Jan 7 2013: Suppose there isn't a rich man on the road.
    The beggar seems so hungry.
    You have no obligation to give him some of your money.
    But if you think you should give him your money, say, a 20 dollar bill, then, do whatever you want.
    It's your choice.


    But when a rich man comes between you and the beggar, things seem to change somehow.

    You figure since he's rich, he wouldn't care about some of his little money.
    In the mean time, you would no doubt the beggar would be desperately in need of the money.

    Being aware of rich-poor gap might make you rage.
    ‘Cause you happen to care about Fairness.
    As I mentioned earlier, by including those two parties—the rich man and the beggar—together, you complicate the situation.

    The rich guy has nothing to do with the beggar.
    Perhaps, so does the beggar.

    Consider the situation where the beggar regards your action—giving the rich man's money to him—as wrong. Does it ever occur to us that he wouldn’t be up for that?



    Another assumption here.

    What if, instead of $20, the rich man drops his wristwatch?

    If the watch seems expensive, you give it back to the man, but if it seems cheap, then would you give it to the beggar and tell him to sell it?

    What's the difference between one's money and his belongings?
    Money also belongs to the one who possess.

    I've seen a few great solutions, such as, giving back to the money to the rich man and buying some food for the beggar.
    But whether you give something to the beggar after returning the money to the rich man doesn't matter.

    It’s inspired by your emotional pain: you feel sorry for him anyhow.

    Leave the rich man alone. His walking on the road is a coincidence.
    If you look into the deep inside of you heart, you’d realize your decision depends on so many variables. If you want to make people donate their money and help the poor, then speak up toward the government and your fellow citizens.
    You’re allowed to convince them, but not allowed to be Robin hood.
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      Jan 8 2013: you have a excellent and logic mind,so does your comment.I really want to know your major.May you tell me about it?
      • Jan 9 2013: Thank you, Frankey.
        My major, starting from this March, is Chinese.

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