Thursday, October 22, 2015


My Dear Son:

If your friend say, shop lifts, and asks you not to tell anyone, do you honor his request because you know how bad it feels to get caught? The Golden Rule at first appears to contradict itself in this situation.

And while your friend may have become quite comfortable with shoplifting and pickpocketing, you wouldn't dream of taking something you didn't buy. How then, is your friend you in disguise? What do you have in common with him? You are not about to shop lift, are you?

As your friend in disguise, you may be able to understand some of the motivation behind his shop lifting. It's the latest, greatest video game you've been watching ads about for months. You may also relate to him having to spend a large part of his allowance to repair his gaming device, which for him was an unforeseen disaster. So there are elements of his choices where you can identify with him. Seeking to understand your friend's behavior is important, but, as I've experienced, understanding isn't the final application of The Golden Rule. More to come!

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