If stealing is something you rely on for a living, you need to realise that the system has its hands around your throat. When a person is forced – or chooses – to steal from another, no matter how much or how little the other has, it is a devastating sign that the world of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ is going to implode. A situation that exists which entices people of all descriptions to believe that they are better off in life – and the after-life – for their stealing from another, is not a situation I would choose to venture into. I just wouldn’t. Call it morals. Call it values. Call it whatever the fuck you like. Labels matter to some people.
Shop-lifting is not a word many of us are unfamiliar with. It is part of the capitalist system’s development. Why shops that sell products that few can afford wonder when their shrinkage is annually fairly substantial is beyond comprehension. That people should not steal is a commandment that has been around for a very long time. That shops should be prohibitively expensive for most of the populace is not a commandment. It should be. Temptation is a dangerous pastime to foster. As is envy.
Taking is not stealing. As long as you take what is given. When you take what is forbidden that is called stealing. You don’t have, of course, to take a given – but at least in that situation you are given a choice. It is when people are never given the choice that problems arise. And problems that arise – particularly those that have been hidden beneath the carpet – are guaranteed to trip up the idiots.