“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… there is no act more wretched than stealing.”
– Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
I’m not sure why this resonated with me so much. When I was sat in the park reading this book yesterday I stopped to think about what I had just read. I am amazed that I have never had this perspective of theft and sins.
This will be the the first thing I ingrain into my children – well, that and the fact to remember we are all pink on the inside. I hope they they will remember this before they make rash or selfish decisions.
As for myself, this quote seems to be a timely reminder that I need to adjust my moral compass. Of late I have been guilty of this sin. I have deceived people and I have lied. Ultimately by doing this I have not only cheated various people, I have cheated myself out of precious time for a momentary fix.
Hopefully after this period of reflection that I will remember to be less self absorbed. I also hope that I learn to have more consideration for other people in my decision making.