I’m knocking on wood and rubbing rabbit’s feet that since I’m answering this question in writing, the laws of attraction won’t bring me a big challenge to test my sincerity. I don’t ever like to say things against people like swearing on their lives and such. It’s not that I’m a liar, it’s just that I don’t feel like someone’s else’s life is mine to use to swear on. So to dream up a scenario where I have to imagine breaking the law, as my loved one’s only chance of survival, makes me super uncomfortable, as if I’m tempting fate.
So, the answer is – it depends. I absolutely confirm that there are two incidences where I’ve ignored traffic signals for the safety of my college girls and me. Once, returning to campus, we got off a few exits too early in the wee hours. We were lost in South Central and made the executive decision to cry if we had to if pulled over. [For the record: That is not a guaranteed method of escaping tickets – in fact it’s never worked for me.] Another time was the first morning after the LA Riots started and as many girls as could fit in my Sentra and I were fleeing to San Diego. On the way to the freeway a huge mob of people tore down the street and while they appeared to be heading towards a shop, we weren’t taking any chances so when the coast was clear we leaped across the road, home free!
Have I driven too fast getting one of us to the ER? Yes!
Did I park in the closer handicapped spots? No.
Do I realize that if I am speeding along that I increase the odds of fender benders. Yes.
If I knew my special someone would die without a kidney transplant, would I bump their name up to the top or buy a kidney on the black market? No.
I suppose the invisible line would be the separation between misdemeanors and harsher crimes. I would do whatever it took to save loved ones. But perhaps I’m being too literal. Bottom line, I’d never intentionally harm another to save my family.
What about you?
Would you break the law to save a loved one?
If you answer, drop your links in the comments!
This question came from Marc & Angel’s 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind!