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Moral Dilemma
Amanda Winter
University of Phoenix
Lynn Palac
CJA – 325
June 2 2012

Moral Dilemma
To first understand my dilemma, one must understand what a moral dilemma is. A moral dilemma is when a person my make a difficult choice or decision on something that could affect their life. And the choice that is made is something (at least in my experience) that will stay with you for the rest of your life. It is something that you will constantly question whether or not your decision or choice was the right one to make. One of my first dilemmas that I had gone through had occurred in 1998 when I was in high school. I had a friend who I knew was into marijuana. And they also knew that I did not agree with them using it. So one day at school my friend came up to me and told me he had two joints in his back pack for after school. I was stuck. On one hand this was my very close friend that I have known for years and I did not want him to get into trouble. But on the other hand I knew that what he was doing was wrong. So after a few hours of struggling to determine what I should do, I ended up talking to my older brother. He knew that my friend was into drugs and he knew how much it bothered me that he was. My brother also knew that my friend’s home life was extremely difficult financially and emotionally. So after talking for several minutes with my brother his advice was to talk to the vice principle about it and just keep my name out of it. I really did not want to get my friend into any serious trouble. But I also knew that the path he was on was going to eventually get him thrown in to jail or worse. With this dilemma I truly did not see any other action that I could have taken. My friend had already refused my advice on flushing the joints down the toilet. Nor did he want to go talk with the school guidance counselor about what has been going on in his home. He also did not want to waste the money he had paid for them. Which considering...
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