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Re: art show incident

From: wendy sauls (wsauls)
Date: Sat May 20 2000 - 11:56:15 PDT

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    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.
    > Larry
    > ---


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