You know who you are

22 Oct

There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft… When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.

Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner)

These words by the incredibly talented Afghan-born writer Khaled Hosseini capture the ugliness and cruelty of theft. If you believe in a god – any god – then truly all sin is rooted in theft. If you are an atheist (as I am) it surely should be core to your personal values that you do not steal.

The stealing of words is no less dirty (though perhaps not as brutal) than any other form of theft. It shows a weakness of character and an absence of morality. It defines the perpetrator as being without ethics, without honesty and without pride. It reveals them as a person who cannot be trusted, cannot be liked, cannot be admired.

It lowers their worth and standing as a human being.

To the person who is stealing from me – I know who you are.

I can, and I will, l expose you at any time. I enjoy that power I have over you.

But more important. You know who you are. You know you are nothing more than a common thief.

And you know that I pity you and I despise you.

Without my words you are a pathetic, empty, talentless nobody.



Quote © Khaled Hosseini

Post @ the author writing as Romantic Dominant

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Posted by on October 22, 2017 in Quotes, Still Life


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15 responses to “You know who you are

  1. naughtynora

    October 22, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Yikes! Sorry to hear someone is stealing your works. Hope it comes to an end!

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  2. operalover1974

    March 13, 2018 at 2:45 am

    For the past almost 2 years, someone has been stealing my photos online. Do you know what it’s like to find yourself (most of the time altered) all over the internet and social media? To find your children being used as well. It is extremely violating. And I can’t stop it. I feel like someone has stolen my memories.They’ve definitely stolen my privacy.

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  3. operalover1974

    March 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I guess. I try to stay positive.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Romantic Dominant

      March 14, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      One does


      • operalover1974

        March 14, 2018 at 11:22 pm

        Sometimes I can laugh it off and sometimes I’m humiliated because my body parts are exposed

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        • Romantic Dominant

          March 14, 2018 at 11:56 pm

          You displayed them publicly in the first place and have been reposted as someone else’s. or they have been stolen from your private folders?


          • operalover1974

            March 14, 2018 at 11:58 pm

            They were stolen from my Facebook and my private folders and Google photos. I sent pictures to Past online relationships and they were taken from there I believe as well

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  4. operalover1974

    March 15, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Yes. It’s funny because in some ways I don’t regret that this has happened. I know that certain things would not have occurred in my life and I would not have changed the way I view sex if it had not been for the hacking

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