It is a tough question because the idea of being in jail or even worse prison is very scary and something I don’t want any part of. At the same time, if my loved one needed a drug (yes I am going to the classic example) that would save their life and I had a way to steal it – I think that I would.
I am not sure about the other examples because if I kill someone to protect a loved one, that isn’t a crime if their lives are in danger.
Here is a good one – if a loved one were a fugitive and the police knocked on my door and asked where he or she was – would I tell the truth?
Well, let me get to the first part of the question. I would “harbor” a loved one if he or she needed a place to stay. The key words are “loved one” – I couldn’t risk that for someone I just liked. (Loved ones include close family and very close friends.) The second part of the question is tricky only because if the police have just cause to search my home because they have reason to believe my loved one was there – lying to the police (which is breaking the law) would just delay the inevitable (and I’d be in enough trouble for the harboring part). If the loved one was not staying with me, but I knew where he or she was – I would not tell the police.
Hmm…this is a lot less profound than I thought. I guess it is a simple question because it is based on circumstance. I do think that you got a little insight into how I think in that I am not afraid to admit that going to jail scares me and is something that I would really want to avoid – but I can’t let a loved one go to prison or die so that I won’t go to jail…but it has to be a loved one.
Oh, I feel I should also say that I have never been in a situation that even resembles the above general scenario. In other words, it is easy to say now and my answer is more an idealized version of myself as opposed to anything that I have had to do (and hopefully I never do).