Saturday, November 5, 2011
Week 2 Reading: Give Them an A
An example of this is stealing. I have had many things stolen from me during my lifetime: a bike, car stereo system, money, tools, generator, fishing equipment, and more. Stealing does not only take from you a possession, but it also invades your privacy and personal space. I have to admit that I felt violated by those who stole from me. I felt helpless since there was never any closure. The police did not apprehend the criminals nor were the items ever recovered. Due to my belief system and experiences, I have a very strong reaction toward stealing. When you take something that belongs to someone else, then it is stealing, and I abhor the sin. Therefore, in order to give anyone an “A,” you must be able to look past the sin. As Roz Zander stated in “The Art of Possibility,” she had to work past the sins of her father and recognize that he loved her. She had to give him the benefit of the doubt and give him imagined grace.
In an earlier blog I discussed copyright laws and the Swedish pirates. I have to give the Swedish pirates and “A” and look past the sin of stealing, besides they are apparently very good at what they do. Just as any world drug dealer does not care about international law or the laws of America, the dealer is just trying to make a living in a capitalistic world. The poor beggar on any street that steals a loaf of bread for his family and is caught and put in jail…he gets an “A,” too. He just failed at getting away with it.