Moral Lesson

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Post by Ijeoma Kikelomo » 22 Oct 2018, 14:10

One mital I drew is that our actions all lead to ripple effects. As such we should be mindful of our choices.

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Post by prospero360 » 23 Oct 2018, 11:39

The book certainly taught me to cherish what I have. It also showed me that you can't please everyone.

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Post by Kishor Rao » 24 Oct 2018, 01:30

What I personally took away from the book is that it's always better to react in the most sanely way possible. One thing can lead to another and can break your life apart. Proper decision making is the key to a happy and successful life
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Post by Nerea » 24 Oct 2018, 01:59

I realized that sometimes circumstances or personal weaknesses cause people do things that they didn't intend to do, just to cover up for something or avoid conditions that may trigger anxiety.
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Post by sarahmarlowe » 26 Oct 2018, 16:53

I saw Dr, McDowell as a tragic character right out of a Shakespeare play. He was on top of the world (literally) and full of hubris. He was selfish and harsh. But fate got around to him and fell pretty far. I don't know what Shakespeare might say the morals of his tragic plays are, but I think McDowell shows that we need to look out for others and not just ourselves.
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Post by Royin » 27 Oct 2018, 23:12

For me the moral lesson there is that there is no hidden place for the wicked there is reward for everything we do

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Post by jevvel » 28 Oct 2018, 00:43

The Moral Story for this topic:
is to be a kind guys. Don't ever hesitate to do a bad thing, always take care about the peoples in need, be the good guy who
respects his/her responsibilities for her life.

“Never doubt about good things and always keep up the good work.”

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Post by Theresam » 28 Oct 2018, 08:57

The book seemed to deal a lot with perception and how others viewed or put a spin on the same events. From the death of his grandson - was it murder or euthanasia- to his work with the hospital and charity - did it save thousands of lives or was it a sham to finance his climbing expeditions. I think he didn’t realize how his actions were viewed because he never really thought or cared about the opinions of others. It’s only through his journey to discover himself that he realizes how he was viewed by others and what he needed to change

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Post by Amy+++ » 28 Oct 2018, 09:32

The book seems to have a lot of moral lessons with in it. I think all of us could benefit from reading this book. A book that not only entertains you, but also, makes you think is a good read.

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Post by fictaddict » 28 Oct 2018, 12:23

Charlyt wrote: ↑
14 Oct 2018, 01:28
For me, the moral lesson of the book is that every action you do, and/or everything you say has a consequence, whether you are aware of it or not. And this consequence may be directed to you, to the people around you, or both.
Yes! The story shows that actions have consequences, often negative consequences. Even if those consequences aren't what we expect when we take that action, consequences are still coming!

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Post by A_Wolfe » 28 Oct 2018, 15:07

Charlyt wrote: ↑
14 Oct 2018, 01:28
For me, the moral lesson of the book is that every action you do, and/or everything you say has a consequence, whether you are aware of it or not. And this consequence may be directed to you, to the people around you, or both.

I resonate with this summation. Actions and attitudes are always in motion, and you have to think about them as you're living life, and become consumed by them down the road.

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Post by ShareTheGift » 29 Oct 2018, 12:48

Good books have the ability to make you think about situations the character has gotten themselves into or what they can do to get out of a situation.

Great books have the power to make you think about the application of the story to your own life. For some that leads to thoughts of morality, for others -
thoughts of character and responsibility.

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Post by DorcasToo » 29 Oct 2018, 14:59

For me, the greatest lesson I got is not being quick to judge. You never know what a person is going through. Second is to forgive no matter how much it hurts.
He lays me besides still waters. He prepares a banquet before my enemies.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall not fear.
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Post by HollandBlue » 29 Oct 2018, 21:18

cherish what you have now because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
I think you've described the moral of the story very well with this statement.
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Post by Radiant3 » 29 Oct 2018, 23:08

I think there were a lot of lessons in the book. I found it to be very ironic when Hiram was ambitious and focused on himself, things went well for him. When he started being kind and emotional his life started to crumble. Think of the ending, when he helped Kitsy, that did not turn out too well for him.

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