Should You Confess, or Live with Your Terrible Guilt?

The jury’s still out.
Let’s say, hypothetically, that you accidentally drove into a guy with your car. For argument’s sake, let’s call him, oh, I don’t know, Carter — Carter Grant, VP of Marketing, Chrysler. Let’s also say (hypothetically, of course) that he doesn’t know you’re the person who hit him because you put a potato chip bag over his head and dragged him into some bushes.

This could prove to be problematic, especially if you’re the kind of person who has a moral compass. Should you come clean and own up to your crimes, or should you continue living with the awful secret that’s slowly consuming your soul? It can be a tough decision to make. To help you, here’s a quick rundown of your choices.

Ask yourself, “Will I potentially go to prison and/or face severe physical repercussions if I come clean?” If the answer is even a maybe, then no, you should definitely not tell the truth. Prison is super scary, and the guy seems fine now, aside from the depressing husk of a life he’s been living since the accident. Suck it up and go out for Boston Coolers: That guilt is part of you now.

If the guilt is really bad (like, you-start-mentioning-the-frailty-of-human-life-and-your-own-mortality-at-important-work-meetings bad), then congrats: You’re one of those “decent people” we’ve heard about, and it is time to tell the truth, physical wellbeing be damned. With any luck, you might even avoid prison and just suffer an eye-for-an-eye-type punishment at the hands of your victim.
Or, you know, just flip a coin. Whatever works for you, dude.