Life Changing Decisions Essay

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For most of us, it’s impossible to know how we would react when faced with a situation that puts lives on the line. We can only truly know our reactions when we are faced with a situation such as a home invasion or a natural disaster. However, we can determine one thing: in a time of crisis, is it more important to us to save our own life or the life of someone else? In times of crisis, the actions of a person often depend on their morals and values. It is common for a person to choose to not only save someone else’s life, but choose whose life they will attempt to save. In the novel Wave of Destruction, Dang makes the decision to leave a woman who is trapped in the rubble of the deadly Thailand tsunami of 2004 and attempt to search for …show more content…
In a crisis with limited time to cogitate one’s decisions, it is a natural instinct for many people to sacrifice themselves so their loved ones will be safe. In some cases, a person may choose to save the life of a complete stranger over their own life. In the movie The Impossible, a family on a vacation from England to Thailand finds themselves trapped in the deadly Tsunami that struck the country in 2004. After the wave engulfed the country, the mother and one of her three sons are wrested from the rest of their family. While trying to find safety in the destruction, they hear a young child calling for help and, rather than continuing to retreat to a place where they could be safe, the mother says, “We have to help that little boy, even if it’s the last thing we do.” (Bayona 2012). Scenarios such as this, when a person is aware that saving someone else’s life may result in their death and still attempts to help them, are not highly common. Only those who truly believe that the life of a stranger is as important as theirs are willing to sacrifice their lives for someone they have never met. Harrold ISD superintendent David Thweatt believes that schools should allow teachers with proper certification and training to carry concealed handguns. Thweatt says that, “A failure to schools was when in 1990, schools became ‘gun-free zones.’ (Weaver 2). In this case, school

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