Big Talk

Week four of Big Talk.

Does morality go with success?

The co-mingling of morality and success left us with a variety of interesting responses.

Junior Sarah Snead said, “Depending on the meaning of success, you have to be a natural born leader and share morals with many others. I would rather be a moral person than a successful person. I wouldn’t want to sell myself out for success. Yes, successful peoples’ morals may differ from ours. It depends on a person, like Trump, tries to appeal to everyone’s morals, while Obama had his own.”

Amyah Gilliam, junior said, “Morality doesn’t go with success because you can be a bad person and be successful. I’d like to be successful and moral, but mostly successful because it could lead to greater things and maybe being good too. Successful people do have different morals than us, and they are worse because they get ahead of themselves.”

Sophomore Gabriel Johnson, “No, morality doesn’t go with success because look at Hitler. I would rather be successful because I already have bad morals and am successful. Morals for successful people are different because the media portrays successful people as good.”

William Smith, ninth grader said, “Success does go with being a good person because people have to listen to you for you to be successful. I’d rather be successful because I would have money. Successful people do have worse morals than us because they are always thinking about money.”

Junior Sallie Chaney said, “No, because it’s predestined on who has the most money not about who works the hardest or how much someone is willing to do. I would rather be a moral person because I don’t want to be a sellout to something. So, being moral and living up to what I believe in is what I want because being understood is success to me, and I can’t do that if I sell myself out. Successful people don’t have good morals but unsuccessful can be just as immoral.”

Sophomore Sally Haley said, “Yes, morality does go with success because not everyone who is successful is rude. I would rather be successful; I’m not trying to judge people, I’m just not trying to be poor. Most successful people have morals but not all. I think maybe it’s the people born rich are the morally bad people.”

Tenth grader Barry Davis, “No, success and morality don’t add together. I would rather be successful because you get money for things. Rich people do have different morals  which are better.”

Senior Brett Hiatt said, “Morality can go with success because you can make goals in life and be successful at what you want to do. I would want to be successful so I can try to do things I haven’t had the opportunity to do and have the chance to find out what I’m good at.”

Junior Tristian Lee Wilson said, “What people do with their influence can determine whether morals go with success. It’s hard to decide whether things are moral or not because everyone has different moral ideas. I would like be both successful and moral; but when it comes down to it, I would rather be a good, moral person because morality is more important. You can’t really decide whether successful people have better or worse morals, but I think in general, the morals of successful people are worse as compared to everyday people.”

Big Talk is a movement created by Ms. Silverman to create deeper, more meaningful conversations between people in order to do away with small talk in conversations.