Four students, Confucious, Lao, Sid and Shi are all in detention as each of them is failing a class. None of them have told their parents yet and they are contemplating what to do.
We must rise above greed.
This is Confucious, he has decided that he is going to tell his parents he is failing in order to respect them by not lieing. And he has made a deal to himself that he will gain the knowledge in that subject in order to boost his grade.
I must pay virtue to the Gods and celebrate my spiritual energy.
This is Lao Tzu, the founder of the school's Taoism club. And he has decided to handle the situation by not becoming to stressed or overwhelmed because he realized that he should be open and in touch with himself and his abilities. He tells his parents because he knows they will not judge.
Sid here is going through his first detention and is discovering the many different ways that greed and dissatisfaction control his life. He has chosen to tell his parents so they too can learn from his findings. He now understands the importance of moderation and following a noble path.
Shi has decided to kamiunicate his grade to his parents in order to become more in touch with his spiritual energy and cleanse soul and his conscious.