Desensitizing: Morality and Right Thing

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Faith Clark
Mai McMurray
English 98R
10 May 2011
Desensitizing the future; is it worth the money?
The article “Money for Morality”, written by Mary Arguelles, explains and argues about our society today where people seek incentives and rewards for being a better person. In today’s world, people have no motivation to create an honest society due to greed and lack of self worth. Mary has chosen to present a couple examples of children in these situations along with her strong arguments about these.

Just recently, Mary tells us about a newspaper article in which an eight year old boy found an envelope with six-hundred dollars and he decided to return it to the owner. The man, who lost the money, gave the boy three dollars for his keen admiration which was quite gratifying. Yet, the boy’s teacher felt that for being a better person you should receive a bigger reward. The true prize is in being happy about being honest and that you helped someone out. They acquired a one hundred fifty dollar savings bond in which they gave to the boy and explained to him that his actions should be recognized.

Arguelles puts a strong argument in the fact that morality and compassion become commodities like everything else. The young boy did the right thing by returning the money, most would not. This world is corrupt, and so she believes that to most people, doing the right thing seems to be lacking incentive for working in our materialistic society.

Mary Arguelles explains that misplaced virtues are running rampant through our society because everyone gets something in return when they do something right. Another example is that most children learn that money is given for simply studying and getting those right grades. School is something you should be glad to belong to; you should not be paid to learn when knowledge is a crucial part of a growing process for every child in the world.

The author of “Money for Morality” never gave money to her son for an “A” or a “B”...
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