Friday, May 24, 2013

Big 10 Countdown – #8

by M. J. Joachim

You Shall Not Steal

Entitle me not to something I ain’t got! Finders keepers, losers weepers. Do we really teach this stuff to our kids?! Hard luck blues means Uncle Sam pays your expenses – not in a perfect world anyway. I’m all for charity, but before we go on a never ending spending spree, let’s sort out the needs from the wants, okay? Stealing goes way beyond taking something that doesn’t belong to you. It’s about pride and dignity too. I read one blogger’s post about a kid that “put her in her place,” after ringing her doorbell to let her know her dog got out. This kid got all up in her grill about being a responsible dog owner. Tell me he didn’t steal her dignity challenging her like that, raising a ruckus like he was some unequivocal human being, taking a stance as if he were some expert in humanity. We’ve stolen manners and respect right out from under our children’s noses when they act like that. We’ve turned them into snotty nosed spoiled brats who think they rule the roost – the tail wagging the dog when kids can talk like that to another human being without flinching or knowing it’s completely wrong.

Thou Shalt Not Steal – property aside, human decency requires common sense, etiquette and pride.

Thank you for visiting Being Catholic.

M. J.

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