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True Morals Essay

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Let me first start by introducing myself. My name is Patrick Doran. I am fifteen years old and I go to Van Gough High School in Los Angeles. I would not say that my school was safe, because there is so much violence around that area it's crazy. I lead a normal life, and try to stay out of trouble (at least I try).I have a younger sister named Christina. She's twelve and annoying, but what can I say? I love her. We both live with my very wise grandmother in a one-bedroom apartment a few blocks away from my school. I would not say we were economically well off, but we get by. My grandmother works very hard as a maid at some woman's house. She gets enough to feed us and get us what we need.But lately my grandmother's been sick, and she can't work as hard as she used to. We try to help her out as much as we can. I take odd jobs here and there mowing lawns and cleaning out garages but sometimes ...view middle of the document...

I decide to meet her at the mini-mart so I left her.When I got there I decided to wait for her at the entrance. What I did not know was that there was an armed robbery going on in side. As I stood there all of a sudden I heard a lot of police sirens coming toward to the mini-mart; then three guys in masks ran out of the store. One of them came ran up behind me and dropped a package into my jacket pocket, and then they all ran away.I was so scared that I ran back home and locked myself up in my room. I sat there on my bed and pulled out the package. Then I opened it and to my shock found a thick stack of one hundred dollar bills. I counted it and was flabbergasted to find out it amounted to ten thousand dollars. Immediately I was plagued with hundreds of ideas on how I could use that money." Use it to buy food and clothing for Christina and grandma, use it to save for college, use it to buy a new car for grandma,"all of these ideas were ringing in my head. I just could not decide what to do, I knew that the money was not mine but all I could come up with was " finders keepers losers weepers". So I decided to sleep on it and make a decision in the morning.I spent the whole night tossing and turning and all the while a tiny voice in my head saying " the money is not yours give it back, do the right thing, don't keep it is morally wrong" over and over again. I could not take it any more. When my alarm clock hit seven o'clock I woke up and decided to go to the police. It was wrong for me to keep the money; the right thing to do was to give the money back. So I went to the police and gave them the money. They were so happy that I returned the money that they were thanking me profusely. I was also happy that I listened to that tiny voice in my head, because now that I think about it I could have never lived with myself if I kept the money. I could not live with the burden of knowing I was using stolen money. To sum it up, I would like to conclude with saying that nobody ever wins by doing something wrong. Always listen to your conscience because it always helps you do the right thing.

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