Friday, November 7, 2008

The Great Dilemma!!

I often like to enrich my mind with the reading of a variety of literature. I especially enjoy the classics. Most of the time, those are the ones that truly speak of our concerns today. On this particular day, I was reading the widely informative: There's Treasure Everywhere- A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson. I came upon one particular comic stip that caught my attention. I feel that all of us can relate to the problem that Calvin is having in this situation. And we can apply it to multiple struggles we may be having. So please, read along as I tell you about: Calvin's Great Dilemma! (I titled this myself, but claim no rights to any characters.)

Calvin: "Today at school, I tried to decide whether to cheat on my test or not. I wondered, is it better to do the right thing and fail.....or is it better to do the wrong thing and succeed? On the one hand, undeserved success gives no satisfaction.....But on the other hand, well-deserved failure gives no satisfaction either. Of course, most everybody cheats some time or other. People always bend the rules if they think they can get away with it.....Then again, that doesn't justify MY cheating. Then I thought, look, cheating on one little test isn't such a big deal. It doesn't hurt anyone.....But then I wondered if I was just rationalizing my unwillingness to accept the consequences of not studying. Still, in the real world, people care about success, not principles....Then again, maybe that's why the world is in such a mess. What a dilemma!"

Hobbes: "So what did you decide?"

Calvin: "Nothing. I ran out of time and had to turn in a blank paper."