13 Reasons Why You Should Do the Right Thing

So I was watching 13 Reasons the other day and there was a particular scene that sparked my interest.

Most of the so-called “reasons” were at a table trying to come to a consensus about how to proceed; about whether to come forward with the truth or not — and it kinda got me thinkin’ …

Why is it that the conversation always seems to be about what the “right” thing to do is? On the surface it’s a legitimate question most would ask, but is there really a concrete answer to that question? I don’t think so.

Each one of those “reasons” were in very different situations. Yes, they all shared the fact that they had their own tape, but it doesn’t mean all of their situations were the same. When talking in terms of truth, the value in telling it inevitably will differ from person to person, because each have their own specific motivations.

For some, being protective of the truth and about themselves provides more value to them than what it might provide to others. For example, one of the characters had been hiding the fact that they were gay for the entirety of their life, whereas others (such as Alex), really did not have nearly as much to lose. And yet when Alex argued the value of telling the truth, it was as if his arguments were somewhat immune from rebuttal for the mere fact that he had the truth on his side, and I suppose that with that comes some sort of moral high-ground.

The value of the truth is something that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time now. I’ve often wondered whether the truth really should be as valued (and righteous) as it is portrayed to be — but I’ll leave that discussion for another day. What I will say though is that telling the truth can be a more painful exercise for some compared to others. Oftentimes I feel as though this is forgotten, and as a consequence you’ll find that the truth wins out in such discussions because it is shielded by this moral high-ground.

Morals are fluid and dependent on the individual acting upon them. What is right for one person’s life isn’t necessarily the right for another’s, and while truth seems to be universally considered as “right”, I truly wonder whether that is actually the case.


— m