Monday, November 22, 2004

A Real Morals Story in a Red State

Virtue is its own reward.
Matthew Prior, poet

At first glance, it seems like a heart-warming story of honesty and integrity when two college students returned a purse containing $43,000 in Casper, Wyoming. Until one reads further in the article that the good Samaritans did not see that there was the envelope containing the woman’s life savings in unmarked bills.

The Misanthrope would like to think that these honest students Derek Hepner and Adam Simanton were respectful enough not to rummage through her handbag and would have returned it all to the woman either way. Let’s hope the man that corrupted Hadleyburg* does not visit Casper.

*A Mark Twain short story, "The Man That Corrupted HadleyBurg," tests the honesty of the people of the town.

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