The Honest Thief

The Honest Thief

I watched a video few days back in which a thief noticed a woman sitting by herself in a park. The woman put her handbag on the seat. The thief watched her closely till the right moment for him to collect the handbag and run away with it. He did. While running he stopped for few seconds and looked back. The lady was behaving the same while moving her hands on the seat trying to find her fallen water bottle. Then the thief realized that the lady was blind. He made sure she was. He then decided to return the handbag where it was.

Today I read another story about a thief. A man walked outside to find that his car disappeared. He tried to find it, but without success. Upon returning home in the evening he found the car where he left it with a great surprise and a letter. He opened the letter. It was from the thief apologizing for stealing the car. He gave the excuse that he had to rush his wife to the maternity hospital for delivery and he had no option but to β€œborrow” the car for the day. To show his genuine apology he left five tickets for a movie film for that night and a bottle of perfume for the owner.

The car owner then decided to take his family to the movie. Upon returning home and walking in he found that his house was stolen and a letter from the same thief. The letter expressed his hope that the family enjoyed the free movie.

Can a thief be honest? There are varieties of theft such as:

Β· A thief who steals your ideas and publishes them under his name can he ever be trusted?

Β· A writer who steals the readers time by writing rubbish material that add no value to the readers?

Β· A manager who steals the opportunities for his employees to learn and grow so that h/s shall have no competitor?

Β· A manager who adds h/h name to a report as a co-author when h/s didn’t contribute to it? They find it easy to steal the efforts of others.

Β· A manager who deletes the original author name from a report and replaces it by his name- can he ever be a good manager?

We tend to highlight thefts of materials and money. However; the thieves of time, efforts, credit and achievements may go on doing the same robbery without being punished or robbed. These thieves are willing to steal a blind person without feeling of guilt. Not only that because they tend to proud themselves about achievements, they know well they stole from others.

The pride of thieves is an issue that needs to be handled.

Have you ever experienced a theft that was rewarded as an achievement for the thief?


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#43
Jerry, I take your stand and I stand with the individual. This is to keep creativity flowing. As for credit, I couldn't agree more with you. I make sure that I give the link to specific ideas to posts because people get encouraged when acknowledged for their work.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #41

Dr. Ali, this one had me flip-flopping on whether theft was proper or improper and just who owns intellectual property regardless of employment. I come out on the side of the individual not the company. Godin's idea of people borrowing his ideas and spreading them is an interesting prospect as is the creative commons license. The only problem with those approaches is the failure to give credit where credit is due. Remember that credit is a form of reimbursement. Creativity needs to be rewarded. And so it goes.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
Thank you Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven. You also remind me of: Lay Up Treasures in Heaven 19 β€œDo not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A19-20&version=ESV

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
Thank you with gratitude to your appreciation, Michael

Michael Toebe

Michael Toebe

2 years ago #38

Very good article, Ali and so well written.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
I thank you Judy Olbrych and you remind me that I am an honest thief, without trying to be one.

Judy Olbrych

Judy Olbrych

2 years ago #36

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee your post brings to mind Innocent Smith - the great "Honest Thief" of fiction (Manalive by G.K. Chesterton)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
Thank you Paul Walters. You discovered many places or rediscovered them in your buzzes. Maybe you have great insights to do the same with human behavior.

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

2 years ago #34

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee . Bravo...well said !

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I am truly humbled by your comment and this humility is mixed with some pride my dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. Thank you so much and meanwhile I look forward to reading your buzz soonest.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #32

#32
The last person who could be called an honest thief is you Ali Anani, for who else gives of themselves to others more than you do here. If there is anybody in this world who has met my ever so strict criteria as a Honest Being, it is you. For sure that is worth writing a Paradox Wisdom about, but before I do that I need update my pyramid and also the classification of my learning hives because they are currently out of date. Once have done that, I will write it.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Great comment and I want to be an honest thief. My friend you wrote "Once we transform from being our own worst enemy (the honest thief) into someone that has the power to transform our own being (the honest being), we can look at how much we adopt and adapt, compared to how much we add to creativity". To be an honest thief I strongly recommend to you to write this buzz and nourish it with your great ideas. I hope you would CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #30

#30
Rather than call that buzz "The Complexity of Ideas", I would think "The Honest Thief" and the distinction between plagiarism and research follows the line of "The Simplicity of Expediency". Ultimately the only "honest thief" we truly need to worry about is in knowing ourselves. We are the only ones who in making our choices can steal our own time. In that vigilance we can transform from the honest thief into the honest being. Once we transform from being our own worst enemy (the honest thief) into someone that has the power to transform our own being (the honest being), we can look at how much we adopt and adapt, compared to how much we add to creativity. This is why virtue is an important barometer and why I think that Aristotle suggested that happiness is found through virtue. As Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi pointed out both in his book Creativity and his book flow - happiness is finding that sweetspot of optimal experience. That we shortchange ourselves in terms of our individual creative potential is a theft where we are stealing from our own potential and being.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
This is a very interesting comment "To steal one person's idea is plagiarism. To steal several people's ideas is research". Maybe the molding of several ideas leads to the emergence of new ideas. I may call this The complexity of ideas". An idea for a buzz has just occurred to me.

John Rylance

John Rylance

2 years ago #28

#24
How do respond to this statement. To steal one person's idea is plagiarism. To steal several people's ideas is research. To me there is a kind of logic to it. Though each person whose ideas have been "hijacked" would see it differently.

(Nacho) Ignacio Orna

(Nacho) Ignacio Orna

2 years ago #27

#27
Yes. Very, very creative.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
This is interesting as I have never heard of this play before. Spanish writers are creative

(Nacho) Ignacio Orna

(Nacho) Ignacio Orna

2 years ago #25

There is a play called "The thieves are honest people of Jardiel Poncela.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Thank you CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit for your rich and detailed comment.Intellectual Property (IP) rules vary and I believe there are four categories of it. Yes, within the frame of IP rules we may use this right to the extent we remain and encourage creativity. As you highlighted, technology is draining the jobs and only creativity will open new opportunities. Technology changes our life and disrupts social patterns sometimes. Every big change creates opportunities and creative minds see these opportunities before they become evident. The advancement of technology calls for creative minds to advance and technologies and exploit the opportunities created by them.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #23

#23
I don't like Seth Godin's idea "steal don't invent". We have a deficit in creativity in today's mass contribution to social media. Surplus is called "Cognitive Surplus" by Clay Shirky. This is an act of creativity whether it is a superficial creative act or a more creative one. Any creative act is creativity. That is why the idea of Creative Commons is an important construct regarding intellectual property. The IP holder free's room for use depending on the terms of the creative commons license, therefore the IP holder can give consent. It is stealing when one is acting without that consent or meet fair use. Then there is piracy. Since we as as a society pay little regard to the spirit of endowment, most do not support the artist. As computers and AI take away jobs, either in the area of civics or the creative society, we need to create or foster a system of economic exchange so that we are not paying lip service to developing a society of creators. If piracy deprives an original creator of compensation for their art or work, then it is theft, even if people will draw a semantic difference between piracy and theft. There is also public domain, which gives the IP holder a fair time period to benefit from their creativity. Beyond that time period royalties are only going into the hands of "old money" - and here the benefit of inheritance is less important to the benefit of the public good. What we as a society should be encouraging is a more creative society but not a society where a few people horde wealth based on intangible assets. Sharing has proven to be good for society and so we should not stigmatize sharing as honest theft, because sharing does help create markets. Theft is a zero-sum game i.e. one person gains and due to that another loses. Ultimately the deciding factor in sharing is not theft, but in cultivating our virtue and creativity.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. Your sharing economy example reminds me (and also inspires me) of electron sharing in covalent bonds in chemistry. In these bonds two atoms like two carbons each contribute in the carbon atom case with four electrons. The shared electrons may extend to form a chain, a branched chain, an entangled chain. This is the idea of sharing is to extend and build upon, truncate ideas, branch then, elongate them, grow them and create new realities from their sharing. Sharing as is is a form of theft, adding to it to reshape and redefine is another thing altogether. What do you think?.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #21

I actually caught this buzz on LinkedIn and there I merely commented on the title rather than the post at https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6527917375872921600/ for the simple reason that the title itself was very compelling, even without knowing what the post was actually about. Honest theft reminds me of Seth Godin's thought piece called "Steal, Don't Invent" https://seths.blog/2014/04/steal-dont-invent/ In his piece he did mention what should not be stolen. He also encouraged people to steal his ideas https://ideas.ted.com/the-big-mistake-we-all-make-about-ideas/ Does he subscribe to the broken windows policing theory? https://www.npr.org/2016/11/01/500104506/broken-windows-policing-and-the-origins-of-stop-and-frisk-and-how-it-went-wrong Seth Godin was also an author of permission marketing. While the thinking of Godin is sound because sharing is not theft, his ideas confuse what is a healthy practice of sharing and the rise of the sharing economy and people conflating his thinking about ideas and permission and using that as a justification to engage in unethical practice. It is not an exception to the rule to see people stealing other people's thinking or ideas and then claiming them as their own. If people think they can get away with this ethically challenging line, they will but are these people who profit from this idea theft honest thiefs? A sharing economy as well as creative commons is also supported by shared permission to use intellectual property, without falling foul of copyright laws. Yet we don't need to call a sharing economy honest theft - because each time we condone stealing, we create unintended consequences, and people do take advantage a.k.a. we give them an inch and they take a mile. While we exist with ethically challenged social systems, we must maintain a vigilance, unless it is clear we are engaging sharing.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
But you are classified as rich dear Debasish Majumder- in your thinking, in your superb lyrics and your human spirit. I just checked the comments on my previous buzz and I can't find yours. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/is-first-always-good

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Dear Debasish Majumder and his famous quote.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

2 years ago #18

#18
i have commented on your previous buzz too sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. very often your buzz has triggered me to write a buzz and surely i cannot rule out that my content being largely influenced by your rich contributions. i am myself in dilemma whether it should be treated as stealing or should be termed as "Influenced"! i lack the moral compass to judge my own ability. however, i cannot rule out that stealing too have intriguing magnitude and sometimes its inherent strength can eclipse its vile feature by producing huge impact instantaneously to influence many and even capable to draw accolades from myriad. thus it corrupts many by making illusion to others vision and comfortably get away without being caught. surprisingly "success" and "steal' both starts with "S" and they both enjoy a hegemony in man made social milieu where we all are living. who cares what struggle or travail one may go through while he or she may absorb in a creative work? everything in the present society is being equated by wealth and procuring more wealth and profit only ensures ones status in the available social fabric we are dwelling.i enjoyed immense your buzz sir. thank you very much for your continuous support and appreciation. i am privileged and honored and i guess none can steal it from me, precisely the fervor you showered on me.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Dear Debasish Majumder- I must say that I missed your presence lately and I waited for a comment from you on my previous buzz, which never came. I salute your comment here. It is eloquent and I believe you may consider expanding it to a buzz. It is rich. When the opposites are adjacent to each other your comments becomes very viable. Thank you also for your generous sharing of my buzz.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

2 years ago #16

absolutely fascinating buzz sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. if virtues are there, then vices too have to present and by virtue of two opposite parameters we still spirally moves on, making lovely gesture where sometimes stealing too being eulogized to usher our life with an acceleration and when downward syndrome may engulf us, sometimes without punishing a thief can bring catharsis to us, enable us to sustain with an aim to become more virtuous. thank you sir for the buzz.

(Nacho) Ignacio Orna

(Nacho) Ignacio Orna

2 years ago #15

#11
Quinquis de los 70-80 el Jaro, el Vaquilla, el Torete, etc.

(Nacho) Ignacio Orna

(Nacho) Ignacio Orna

2 years ago #14

#11
Quinquis de los 80 el jaro, el vaquilla, el Torete, etc.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
A great personal story dear Clau Valerio and it is saddening that theft exists in the medical sector. It is unbelievable. You wrote "But the conscience will never be deceived!" Maybe for a dead conscience it is a different story. What amazes me most is that thieves speak proudly about their achievements in front of the robbed ones!. If a person isn't ashamed of robbery then it seems all possibilities exist for them to say whatever they like. besos para ti my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

SO, what you are saying my friend David Navarro L\u00f3pez is that the real punishment is self-punishment, even without realizing it, and the deprive of pleasure of doing anything for themselves. That there life stays on the edge of balancing opposites without settling into a stable state is another form of punishment. This is great thinking my friend.

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

2 years ago #11

#3
Thieves think they are clever. You did the hard work and they had the profit with no effort. They are scarce to learn that the profit is just one benefit of hard work. When they need to do something for themselves, they are unable to. I knew some cases in the first person, for example, I knew a young boy who had a drugs problem. Basically, he was a kind boy, but he got the wrong companionships, and he felt on it. To feed his addiction, he had to steal. He ruined his family, and had problems with the police. I had the privilege to try to help him to get out. The worse part, was for him taking consciousness what kind of scum he became. He was always in the edge, bouncing between terrible guilt feelings, hopeless, and abandoning himself to the rotten past behaviours, with very short peaks of euphoria when he had a little time clean. No one moment of inner peace. He got killed on a motorbike accident under the effect of drugs, on which his head got chopped off. Good for him, it was quick. The alternative would have been even more terrible. Yes, we should pity them.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I completely agree with your comment Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. My previous responses might interest you my friend

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Interesting combination "thief sportsmen!!! I feel it is like mixing oil and water

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
It is great to wake up this morning and read your comment Cyndi wilkins. This is a dilemma for when a company discards an idea and throws it in the bin saying that it is not needed, I feel the original inventor who worked hard to invent the idea, has the right to t. I see poor people collecting items from waste bins and nobody has claimed rights for what these poor people collected. Is throwing ideas in the basket bin any different? You remind me of the Kodak engineer who came up with the idea of an electronic camera. It was discarded for another company to develop it later. Do companies have the right to own what they discarded? AN interesting topic to discuss, Cyndi.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Fascinating post Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. That's a stunner, indeed. Also, Ignacio Orna (Nacho), makes a good point. There are those that steal for sport. I guess one can relate it to the thrill of the chase. The scary part is that innocent people get hurt.

(Nacho) Ignacio Orna

(Nacho) Ignacio Orna

2 years ago #6

There are those who steal what they have for sport

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

2 years ago #5

I think two feuding geniuses summed things up best with the "War of Currents" "I don't care that they stole my idea...I care that they don't have any of their own." -" Nikola Tesla "Tesla only worked for about six months at the Edison Machine Works, He was one of about twenty or so of what might be called junior field engineers. He met Edison maybe two times. Tesla was soon put in charge of developing an arc lighting system for the Edison Construction Department. He was able to develop a successful system, but for business reasons, Edison decided not to use it. Naturally, Tesla was disappointed and also miffed because Edison did not offer him a bonus for completing the system....Tesla quit "in disgust." He then patented his system independently and entered into a business arrangement with another company to market it. Edison and his associates were understandably upset about this since Tesla had developed the technology while he was an Edison employee. Generally speaking, Edison allowed his employees to patent their innovations under their own names, but the patents were then assigned to the Edison company, which was a common practice. This begs the question of who stole from whom." http://edison.rutgers.edu/tesla.htm An interesting question to present here Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee....Is an 'idea' actually stolen when it has been conceived and developed while an employee at given company?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
In addition to what David and I wrote below, you alert me to a new idea "The vast majority of us have theft embedded in our natures". Maybe you are right dear Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee. We see big nations stealing ideas and resources from poor nations. We see the rich steel the poor. I read about incidents in which princesses stole from shops. To be able to steal and consider this as an accomplishments reflects the disorder we live in.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Dear David Navarro L\u00f3pez- I thought that a thief may look inside and be pity for self and fearful of fear of getting found and identified as a thief. You wrote "Being so mentally weak to steal ideas is already a huge punishment. The problem with it is that they don't even notice the punishment". I never thought of this punishment and I thank you for opening my eyes to this kind of punishment. I tend to agree with you for when thieves keep repeating their thefts this means that they build a habit of stealing without feeling guilty. I wonder what thieves think of themselves. The mindset of thieves maybe a good idea for a book.

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee We look at these events as benchmarks of life. What we should be looking at is it's the nature of our beast--us. The vast majority of us have theft embedded in our natures. Can it be overcome? I'm not sure. We are bred and raised to believe individual accomplishments, themselves, are thefts. They must be reacquired by theft.

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

2 years ago #1

Dear Ali, yes I did have such an experience, many times, and still have. In addition, from the same kind of people, there is an even worse practice, which is blaming others (you) for their failures. Disgusting. Thing is, only the ones who have "things" can get "things" stolen. Only people who have own ideas, can get them stolen copied or plagiarized. Should this type of thefts be punished? Not too sure. Being so mentally weak to steal ideas is already a huge punishment. The problem with it is that they don't even notice the punishment. Such a weakness they have. Maybe, they should be pitied instead.

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