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Post by kandscreeley » 02 Aug 2017, 08:59

You knowingly commit a crime. You get caught. Do you then face the punishment for what you have done? Or do you take the easy (or hard depending on how you look at it) way out and kill yourself so that you don't have to face the consequences?

In The Expansion Max's parents take the easy way out. Would you?
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Post by Amagine » 02 Aug 2017, 12:59

I think his father definitely took the easy way out. I feel he should have faced his troubles head on. Also, I would never make the choice that he made.
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Post by Izesicle » 02 Aug 2017, 14:20

I'm a coward so I usually do not do things that will get me in trouble. :) if the punishment will be too severe, I will probably also take the easy way out.

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Post by bookiegalke » 03 Aug 2017, 03:51

commenting on this would seem much easier said than done. doing the right thing can prove an uphill task for me but I've always managed to overcome the obstacles in my way.
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Post by Ren B » 03 Aug 2017, 09:31

I can't imagine being able to do what Max's dad did. Not just taking the "easy way out," but the manner in which he did it. Yikes!

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Post by Donnavila Marie01 » 03 Aug 2017, 09:50

It depends on what gradation of crime. If it is a heinous crime, I might do what Max's dad did. If it is a petty crime, it is easier to face the legal consequence.

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Post by Kinnera » 04 Aug 2017, 12:12

It does depend on the circumstance, but I do believe it's easy for the 'easy way' out. The factor I believe is important is my strength of will at that particular point in time.

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Post by Christina Rose » 05 Aug 2017, 00:17

I could not fathom taking "the easy way out." Facing consequences would be unpleasant to say the least, but even escaping into the wilderness would have been a better option.

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Post by Spirit Wandering » 05 Aug 2017, 18:44

As frightening as the thought of prison might be, I think committing suicide would be worse. I only read the sample of this book but it included the scene where Max's father crashes the helicopter. I was somehow left with the impression that he was doing it to spare Max from further embarrassment but maybe I'm remembering it incorrectly?
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Post by CatInTheHat » 06 Aug 2017, 09:17

kandscreeley wrote:You knowingly commit a crime. You get caught. Do you then face the punishment for what you have done? Or do you take the easy (or hard depending on how you look at it) way out and kill yourself so that you don't have to face the consequences?

In The Expansion Max's parents take the easy way out. Would you?

No, I couldn't abandon my children in the way that that his father chose to do. And not letting his mom have a choice was reprehensible.
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Post by Christina Rose » 06 Aug 2017, 19:46

CatInTheHat wrote:
kandscreeley wrote:You knowingly commit a crime. You get caught. Do you then face the punishment for what you have done? Or do you take the easy (or hard depending on how you look at it) way out and kill yourself so that you don't have to face the consequences?

In The Expansion Max's parents take the easy way out. Would you?

No, I couldn't abandon my children in the way that that his father chose to do. And not letting his mom have a choice was reprehensible.
I absolutely agree with you on it being reprehensible to not give the mother a choice. Even though suicide was obviously a conceivable way out for him, murdering another adds a whole new depth to this moral dilemma.

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Post by juliusotinyo » 06 Aug 2017, 20:32

This decision is not as simple as some may want to believe. When human beings are pushed to their limits, anything can happen.

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Post by mratdegraff91 » 06 Aug 2017, 20:36

kandscreeley wrote:You knowingly commit a crime. You get caught. Do you then face the punishment for what you have done? Or do you take the easy (or hard depending on how you look at it) way out and kill yourself so that you don't have to face the consequences?

In The Expansion Max's parents take the easy way out. Would you?
I feel that what his parents did helped their son out in the long run. It would be a difficult decision personally. Death really would be the easier choice because life in prison wouldn't be too glamorous.
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Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 08 Aug 2017, 18:35

If you have done a crime knowingly , atleast show some courage to fave the consequences. Don't just commit a sin and run away like cowards.
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Post by michelonline29 » 12 Aug 2017, 03:14

If the easiest part in life to avoid troubles or problems is killing oneself, I would never do so. Life is a gift from God so we must treasure it.
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