Ju’Niah Beal

As said by Kurt Vonnegut, we need to have “a little less love, and a little more common decency.” That quote can be interpreted in many ways, but, to me, it means, at the very root, that we need to show more common decency in the world. Honor can be used as a theme describing decency. When thinking of the word decency, I think about the time my sister, my grandma, and I were going to church and we saw a car flipped over into a ditch on the side of the road. I was in elementary school when this happened, but I remember it as if it happened yesterday. Instead of continuing on to church, we had the decency to stop and help. Upon seeing the accident, I immediately knew that the situation could be bad, even critical. I was scared that the people in the car were in danger and injured. So we pulled in front of the car and assessed the situation. When we looked at the car, we saw a mother and her child in the front seat. To our surprise, they were perfectly fine, and we were able to help them get out of the car the car with no problem.  It was a blessing that they weren’t hurt and only had scratches on their faces. We did an honorable thing that day, we could’ve just kept riding after we saw it happen, but we had the decency to call 911 and stop to help until they got there. This anecdote is not only inspiring, but it is also a miracle. If it wasn’t for us stopping who knows how long they would’ve still been in that car upside down. As Vonnegut’s quote implied, it did not take us loving the people involved in the accident; it simply took human decency for us to pull over and check to make sure everyone was okay. Decency is doing the right thing. Decency is having respectable behavior. Decency conforms to accepted morality. Decency means that we extend a helping hand, say something nice, tell the truth rather than lie, respect others, say please and thank you, and make the moral, good choice over the easy way out. Sure, it would have been “easy” for us to drive by without a thought, but we knew the decent thing to do was stop and help, even if we did not have a personal relationship with the people involved. 

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