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
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