Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
These are really excellent examples to cause one to think, Karen. As Ron says, stealing is stealing and wrong, regardless of circumstances. However, survival and reproduction are the two most basic drives humans have. Are you a thief? An honest person would answer no. Would you steal a loaf of bread to save your starving child? My bet is the answer would be yes. Reminds me of Les Miserables in that light.
In my opinion, the crime is in the justification of it more so than even the actual committment. If I were to steal that loaf of bread to save my child and were caught, I'd like to think I would say, "yes, I knew it was wrong and I did it, anyway." What we seem to have, though, is a society of excuse seekers. Instead of "Yes, I know stealing is wrong but I did it, anyway", we have, "I live in a society where no one cares, where the rich run everything and have so much while I am starving and it so unfair that I didn't have the opportunities others had and, if I want to take something not mine from those who have so much and can afford it, I don't see a problem with it. It's not my fault I was reduced to being forced to commit a crime."
Regardless of whether that person has a point about society, the fact is the action was wrong and no excuse can make it right. There is a lack of people willing to be responsible for their actions, I believe. I would have more respect for a person who says, "Yes, I did it. So what? I'm a thief." than one who claims "I'm not really a thief. Life, society, circumstances, the world, my bad parents, teachers who didn't teach me well, yada yada yada, made me steal. It's Officer Krumpke all over again.
You know what makes me see red? The lawyers who advertise that they can get you out of any ticket or DUI charge. They advertise it on tv, proudly. THERE is a microcosm of our society.
Anyway, thanks for making me think this morning...