Finding the Right

Bret - St. Louis, Missouri
Entered on December 22, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I found out the other day that one of my water polo buddies has cancer.

He had been one of our goalies, and I didn’t think

he was the best goalie in the world, but he was one of my friends. He

has a cancerous tumor on his lung and had spent a couple

of weeks in the Intensive Care Unit and had gone through extensive

Chemotherapy to get rid of this tumor. It was weird because

I had just seen him two weeks earlier. Now I don’t get to see him

anymore at events like that for a while.

This event was a big surprise to me because I knew he was a good kid.

There was no justice to this act by nature. Then I

got to thinking that there is no justice in nature. There is no one

person in the world that can determine right and wrong

for us. That things happen, and there is no way to explain them in a

good or bad sense. They just happen. I believe that

one person has to determine right and wrong for themselves.

One death that my family has endured is the death of my cousin Kim.

She was coming home one day with one of her friends who

happened to be drunk and was driving the car. The car crashed, and the

drunk driver got out of the accident with minor scrapes

and bruises. My cousin Kim was killed on contact. She had been a

wonderful girl, and I don’t even remember her because I

was too young. She had changed my diaper as a baby, and now she is


Now I am not saying that drunk driving is right and neither does the

Missouri Highway Patrol, but life can be snatched away

from us in an instance. We should live life to someone else’s

standards of right and wrong, but to our own. For if we do

not, then we aren’t living our life, but a life of another. Right and

wrong are mere illusions of our race. There is no

black and white, but more gray area. There is no such thing as a

selfless act, because there is always consequences that

come out of our actions. Just like I said before, I believe that we

are here, not someone else, and that we should determine

wrong and right for ourselves, because everyone has a conscience.