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A thief wants what others have without having to spend anything for it; it’s not that they don’t want to work, sometimes it takes a lot of work to plan and carry out a theft; many thieves even work a regular job. It’s not about stealing for necessity, it’s about stealing in order to get away with it and obtain something you wanted. There are several ways and things to steal, people are not items which can be stolen; for people are creatures of free will, not property to be exchanged. If someone has “stolen” your boyfriend/girlfriend, then they weren’t your property to begin with and you should look at your own perception of relationships.
Possessions can be stolen, and a thief is just the person to do it; because a thief has that selfish attitude that they are entitled to anything they want. It doesn’t have to be a deliberate theft, as in they walked into a store and shoplifted; it can be as subtle as “borrowing” an item and never returning it. For instance, borrowing a movie from a friend and “forgetting” to return it. Then if something happens to dissolve that friendship, the movie belongs to the current owner. Theft can even occur by just forgetting something at another house; leaving a coffee travel mug that was empty for instance. If no one makes an attempt to return it then they have stolen it from you; especially if you go back and ask for it and are told you didn’t leave it there.
Embezzlement is another form of theft; it is taking the money that your employees earned for the company and spending it for personal gain. For example, if you own business, and you take money directly from that business account to pay for your house, a car, clothes, eating out for every meal, or any other personal spending; then you have just embezzled from your company. Even as CEO, you are responsible for the business and employees first; then you may pay yourself from the profits, a salary is preferable in order to grow and provide for the business and keep the business running even with unforeseeable extra expenses. A business exists to make a profit, provide goods and/or services, and employ people to keep an economy going; once you start embezzling from your business, you have destroyed the whole reason for the existence of owning a business.
Selfish greed is what motivates a thief; and they will lie and cheat to get whatever they desire. There is no honor among thieves, if they will steal from anyone, they will steal from you. If caught, they will lie their way out of it, if they can; if they can cheat their way out of it, they will. Once a thief betrays the trust of someone, it can take that person a long time to trust anyone; theft is a violation of security. Stealing a person’s job, possessions, pride, identity, intellectual property, or anything for that matter betrays the trust that a person placed within an individual. You not only lose respect from that individual but anyone that individual comes into contact with and mentions your undesirable behaviors.
So, what have we learned? We have learned that liars, cheaters, and thieves have a lot in common with each other and usually reside within the same individual character. We have learned that being honest about being a liar doesn’t make you any more trustworthy. That any of these actions betrays trust and loses respect of individuals which we encounter daily. But above all we have learned that it is better to just be honest, tell the truth, stay loyal, and have your actions in harmony with your words in order to remain trustworthy. Don’t associate with liars, cheaters, and thieves unless you are feeling the need for some disappointment and drama in your life; who needs to live in a soap opera all the time? The truth is always easier to remember anyway.