I’ve been watching the show Homeland and a plot point got me to thinking about right and wrong. We’re all human, we all make mistakes, it happens. When I was younger, I used to have this very noble sense of wrong and right. This feeling that if I or someone else were to do something wrong that it was imperative to accept responsibility. To own up to mistakes, no matter what the consequences.
So this whole issue of right and wrong is on my mind and I come across the story of 22-year-old Matthew Cordle. On June 22 of this year, Matthew Cordle killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani. Matthew was driving drunk on the wrong side of the highway when he crashed into Vincent Canzani’s vehicle. After the accident, Cordle consulted some high-priced attorneys who seemed to be confident that they could get his blood tests thrown out and either get him off completely or get a reduced sentence. It must be nice to have the justice of high-priced attorneys on your side. So what happened? Matthew Cordle confessed on-camera to driving drunk and posted his confession on YouTube. He promised to plead guilty when charged and he did. This week he was sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison for aggravated vehicular homicide. Watching Matthew’s confession really did a number on me.
I think part of why both Homeland and Matthew Cordle’s confession got to me so much is that we, or at least I, very rarely see people do the right thing after doing the wrong thing.
And now your Friday Fortune Cookie
(don’t forget to add “in bed” at the end, if you are so inclined):
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