i am uncomfortable with sky being chastized for her response to the sticker
theft. isn't that kind of like blaming the victim for a crime? i think the
fault lies entirely with the offender. i don't know about everyone else,
but when stuff like this happens to me i am usually so shocked i can't think
of _anything_ to say for a little while. about an hour later i have a great
speech to give concerning morality, society, the golden rule, consideration,
etc...but the offenders normally don't stick around that long to hear it.
so, although i would like nothing more than to hold the offenders
accountable and let them have it with a powerful, thought provoking, life
altering oration, i am too slow on the uptake. i have also often been
accused of having unrealistic expectations in the area of human
behavior/morality. although my beliefs remain strong, these accusations
probably make me even more hesitant to quickly and loudly speak up. i can
say the appreciation i have for others who act with respect, kindness,
consideration, and honesty is enormous and i always try to let them know
my 2 cents,
> I really feel that I would have at least liked to ask the follow up
> question, "And why did she (you) think that?" Certainly, a point which
> could have been brought out is that the stickers were obviously and
> specifically on someone's (a teacher's) desk. Does that fact in some way
> make them common property? Your concerns below, Sky, seem to indicate
> you do not agree with this.
> > I just walked away because it was really awkward.
> I'm sure it was. But I wonder about the "wisdom" of 'letting' the woman
> away with it. Haven't we informed her that theft is alright, and that we
> would rather absolve her of responsibility than make her or ourselves
> uncomfortable by holding her responsible? What about the student who
> initially noticed this and may be fully aware of how it was handled? What
> message does this send to her or him?
> This may seem a trivial event and trivial concerns, but Ethical Reasoning
> certainly something which is lacking both in the formal educational field
> well as, and of course more importantly, at the family and social level.
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