Petty thieves in high societiesWhen cultured, highly educated members of society indulge in petty thefts, it makes one wonder whether money, status and education have any impact on ingrained ethical values (or the lack of them).
I was away, for two months, visiting my daughter in London. I left my potted plants in the corridor outside my apartment and instructed my maid to water them regularly. Among the plants that I left in the corridor were three thriving pothos plants (money plants) climbing on a moss stick. They were so lush that the containers that they were planted in weren't visible.
On my return, to my dismay, I found my beloved plants had been mutilated, plundered, vandalised and stripped. Someone had plucked the vines and I suspect it was my neighbours.
It had taken me months to make them grow the way they had. And all my labour was lost just like that.
Why do the educated not value another's property? Do they not realise that anything taken without permission is theft?