Your son has always struggled with his writing. Now, he is up against a college application deadline, has a bad case of nerves, and is practically asking you to write the essay for him. How far would you go to help him? After you refuse to write the essay for him, he leaves to work on his own, and the next day has an essay that's really good-too good, you fear. You suspect your son did not write it. Do you confront him? Eventually, your son confesses: his girlfriend, who is an excellent writer, wrote the essay. Not only that, but your son has already e-mailed out his college applications, including the revised essay. What now?
What if you had a different issue to confront, about the education of your youngest son, who will be entering first grade? Your neighborhood public elementary school is terrible, and you can't afford to send your child to private school. But your employer, who lives in a wealthier neighborhood about a mile away, has a great neighborhood public school, and is willing to let you use his address to get your son into the school. Do you accept the offer, and lie to the school district about where you live?
Or, what if you had a dilemma that arose, instead, from your good fortune: Years ago, when you didn't have a job and really needed one, your good friend Chris did everything he could to get you a job at his company. As it turned out, you had a real knack for this field, and soon you surpassed Chris at the company. Now you have an opportunity to select someone for an important promotion, and Chris is one of the candidates. Is Chris fully qualified for the position? Yes, absolutely. Is Chris actually the best candidate for the position, in your opinion? No. There's someone better. What do you do?
While you are pondering what to do about these other dilemmas, there is a knock on the door. It is your new neighbor from across the street, who asks whether a female colleague of his can park in your driveway. You agree, but after a series of visits by this colleague, it becomes clear that your neighbor is having an affair, and that everyone on the block knows about it except his wife. Will you confront the neighbor? Tell his wife? Get involved in any way? And will this knowledge of your neighbor's personal life affect your vote when he runs for president of your school's PTA? Should it?