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Monday, 3 August 2015

Question of the Month (August 2015)


There was a bit of a mix-up this month. It turned out that the question I put out on my last post was different to the question I emailed out to everybody. The question we're going with this month is:

If your parent or child committed a major crime, would you turn them in?

If my Mum or my Dad had committed an act of larceny, treason, murder, sexual assault... I'd feel either crushingly disappointed or paralysed with fear. I would want to get right down to the bottom of how it happened and try to convince them to make it right, no matter how they did it. But I wouldn't turn them in.

Say my Dad murdered someone. Inside I'd be freaking the crap out. Outside, I'd be asking him all sorts of questions to figure out how it happened, why and how he's feeling at the moment. If the police suspected him and brought me in for questioning I wouldn't lie to them, but I certainly wouldn't blurt out "It was him, he told me!" I'd wait for the cops to ask the right questions, which usually they do. Long story short, I'd let everything happen naturally. I wouldn't turn my parents in, but I wouldn't get in the way of justice either. That's the best way I feel I can reconcile my conscience.

If you'd like to join the Question of the Month bloghop, join the Linky list below. I'll send out an email with the new question during the month. The question will also be on the QotM tab at the top of this page, along with the code for the Linky list if you want to put it on your own page.

Good luck!



57 comments:

  1. Can sure be a tough one. If they didn't turn themselves in, I think I would depending though.

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    1. I wonder how often people actually turn themselves in?

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  2. I guess I'm a tough son, as I would turn them in for murder.

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    1. That's fair enough. Your moral code extends beyond family ties.

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  3. I guess I would..oh my, I wish I wouldn't get myself caught in the middle of situation like this..

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  4. The real issue I think would be whether they would be convinced to turn themself in. If they were trying to get away with something I think I'd have to turn them in if no one else would.

    I also had an answer prepared for the favorite job question. Maybe we can do that one later.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  5. This was a tough one. I'd want to do the right thing, but I wouldn't want to turn them in either.

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  6. That's a pretty good way to handle it. You don't let yourself become an accessory after the fact, but you don't take on the guilt of being the one to blow the whistle.

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    1. Thank you, it's how I could best live with myself.

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  7. This is a great question, and I love your answer. I would have to assume my family had a good reason for doing it, and I don't always agree with the law on certain things, anyway. So I don't think I could turn them in. Not without hearing why. Plus, since I'm half Mexican, I do abide by the wise old adage "Bitches don't snitch."

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    1. Wait a minute, wouldn't bitches be the ones that DO snitch? The one I've heard is "Snitches get stitches"

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  8. It would be tough. I'd turn them in. Mainly because I just think the problem would get worse if I didn't.

    I posted about my answer here: http://theapels.blogspot.com/2015/08/if-your-parent-or-child-committed-major.html

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    1. I think people would look at it differently with their kids as opposed to their parents. I'm heading over to yours soon :)

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  9. Tough, tough question. There are so many ways this can be taken and even more considerations. But I have to say, it makes me look forward to the next one.

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    1. The next one's a much simpler and more innocent one ;)

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  10. This one was hard and to be honest, no one can point the finger here. Until or unless we are really faced with this, we don't really know. I said I'd turn them in, but I listed some circumstances.

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    1. Yeah there's a lot to consider. There's a comments section in the QotM page of this blog if you'd like to suggest some questions yourself :)

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  11. Hard hearted Hannah here would turn them in if the crime involved people being hurt.
    I would hate myself for it, and feel guilty but I would turn them in.

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    1. The people who can do what they feel is right despite horrible consequences are often the bravest.

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  12. You really posed a tough one this month. It's difficult to know until the worst happens.
    Susan Says

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    1. Yeah this was my best guess based on what I already know about myself.

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  13. Am I missing the linky? I don't see it.

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    1. I've been very unprepared this month :P It's there now.

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    2. I still don't see it silly. Maybe you haven't gotten to it yet.

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    3. Are you talking about the list or the code?

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  14. I think if turn them in, but I reconcile that it may be the more natural approach you're saying.

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    1. Is that your parents or your kids?

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    2. My parents. I'd have to consider my kiddos. My autocorrect on my phone made I'd into if and appears as though it also double posted. Sorry!

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    3. Look, because I like you, I won't turn you in ;)

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  15. I'd definitely try to get them to turn themselves in. If they didn't, I would like to think that I would do it. This applies to parents, children and best friend. However, if my best friend killed her ex, I'd happily help her cover the trail.

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    1. Hahahaha should I delete this so it can't be traced back to you?

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  16. Sorry, I committed to Words for Wednesday this month, but I'll answer here if you don't mind:
    Yes, I would, and have been in a position - once - where I had to make that choice. Not a decision I made lightly, but I felt no guilt over it either.

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    1. Oh wow. So you'd do it the same way if it ever happened again?

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  17. I think this is one of those questions I'd only discover the answer to when faced with the situation in real life.

    It's just too complicated to try and think about hypothetically without running the risk of lying to myself.

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    1. That's fine, the next one will be a lot simpler ;)

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  18. I'd ask a bunch of questions also. I mean, I'd need answers, but when everything is said and done, I don't think I could turn my family in. Especially not my little Mushy!

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    1. Hey if little Mushy was committing acts of terrorism at her age, that would raise a LOT more questions ;)

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  19. As difficult as it might be, I would turn them in. I seen the results of serious major crime. I couldn't live with myself if the person were still walking around free.

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    1. That's fair enough, and turning them in certainly doesn't mean you don't love them.

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  20. I would turn them in. I'd feel guilty if I didn't.

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  21. A ***MAJOR*** crime? You bet. I can't imagine living with knowing who perpetrated a MAJOR crime and just sitting on it. Fortunately my parents can't do that anymore, but my kiddos better not.

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  22. Hi Michael..I have discovered that we follow and are followed by many of the same bloggers so I added my name to your link. This was a tough question and I couldn't answer with a yes or no. The situation would have to be horrific for me to just go running to the police. Hope that never happens in my lifetime. Good question. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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    1. Thanks Barb, looking forward to your input next month :)

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  23. I don't know how I would deal with something like that

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  24. I'm sorry I forgot to post for this on Monday! I am so unorganized lately I could easily forget my own name. Looking forward to taking part next time.

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  25. Wednesday 5th August 2015
    Dear Michael,
    Here's a link directly to my Question-of-the-month-post. I am late and that is why you will only come to my IWSg-post.
    Best wishes,
    Anna
    August's Question of the month for 'Adornments for Dreams'. Sweden

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    1. No problem, checked it out. It was great!

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  26. This was a great question. It really got me thinking. It is also an excellent writing prompt. Maybe I'll turn my What ifs (in regards to your question) into a story.
    Keep'em coming! I enjoy this blog hop. And, now that I'm back from my roadtrip, I need to visit all the bloggers who left comments on my post.
    Play off the Page

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    1. Question of the Month - helping bloggers in all sorts of ways.

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