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Ethical Dilemma

The human experience is comprised of millions of emotions, expressions and exposures. Many argue that the majority of self reflections and realizations occur before ones teen years are even over. I would argue that for most their morality and outlook on life will conclude its development before an individual reaches the age of 25. While they may be minuet, between the ages of 10-25 is when an individual experiences the majority of ethical dilemmas they will face in their lifetime. The majority of which will prove irrelevant and not alter their life in any major way, comparable to one large ethical dilemma that could take place in ones 40’s. In our youth we face seemingly insignificant ethical dilemmas on a day to day basis. Examples of these include cheating on a school assignment, not taking blame for something in fear of being grounded or punished by your parents or teachers, arguing until you get your way that you were safe in a game of wiffleball at recess. Small and insignificant ethical dilemmas are face every day in our youth, and for myself, looking back I made the wrong decision nine 9 out of 10 times. 

One situation that sticks out most to me was in 5th grade when my friends and I were playing tag football at recess. On a daily basis kids that we weren’t as good of friends with or kids who were not as athletically gifted growing up would show up to “our” field uninvited and insist on playing football with us. One day in particular we were exceptionally upset with one kids persistence to play as he wouldn’t leave the center of the field until we let him play. While the right thing to do would have been to include him and let him participate in our silly game, we took other actions. On of my friends was playing quarterback and on the first play the newcomer decided to blitz my friend. As he ran towards my friend the quarterback, my friend waited for him to be within easy striking distance, and threw the ball as hard as he could at the newcomers head. After gathering himself off the ground and wiping off the tears, he told on us, as any kid would. At this point the ethical thing to do would have been to apologize, admit our wrongdoing, and include him in the game. But instead my friend denied any wrong doing and said it was an accident, immediately the teacher moved to me to ask me what happened. I immediately backed up my friend, explained it was an accident, and explained that due to the newcomers lack of athletic ability and coordination, he was running in the way of the play and not paying attention to the ball, turning to look for the ball right before it stuck him in the face. While we did escape punishment, we also showed questionable actions in nearly every decision we made that recess.