Poem: A Little Wrong


An easy answer
But is it the right answer?

Can’t ignore the truth
Can’t stomach it

It’s a little wrong

About the poem:
I’ve found that my most important ethical choices are often not the big ones, but the multitude of small and medium-sized ones.

I was recently offered a job at an after-school academy in Korea where the students study English ten hours per week in a computer lab on their own, then are with a foreign teacher three more hours per week. The student’s have a grueling schedule, that I think is way too much time for a kid to be sitting after a full day of school. It felt wrong. But the working conditions are quite pleasant for the teachers! The offer was really tempting.

At my current job, I feel good about what I’m teaching and how: songs, art, games in a positive environment, with positive messages. I really wanted to say yes to that job, but I knew I wouldn’t feel good about myself, just a little wrong no matter what. Or maybe, it’s even very wrong. I don’t know.

I love expressions like “stomach it”, because it reminds us that our bodies are conveying the truth, even when our social selves want to  make things easy, and keep telling us it’s okay.

So, the job search continues. My stomach is just fine with that!


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