How would you choose?

Sunday was church again, and the sermon wasn’t too bad. It even made sense without having to rely on divine authority and grace. That kind of preaching — the kind that inspired human striving toward a better world—I could take, at least in small doses. Larger doses might have been harder, because I was definitely guilty of some significant sin, especially in the old sense of the word, and it didn’t make that much difference to my own feelings of guilt that I really hadn’t had much choice in the matter. I suppose that was one of the things that bothered me about the moralists—either the secular or the religious kinds. They both had lists of immoral acts, but no one talked about the structures in society and religion that often put people like me in a situation where the only “moral” course was to get killed or take great abuse, or both. I had both personal and philosophical objections to any system where martyrdom was the most moral course. -L.E. Modesitt Jr., Flash

Writing Prompt: Write about a character who is in a no win situation. What does he or she choose?

Journaling Prompt: What would you choose? Ethics or survival?

Art Prompt: Preaching
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a moral issue you feel strongly about, but do it with logic rather than moralizing.

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