I walked in a store.
I took five things in my arms and I walked out of the store without paying.
Everyone saw me do it but no one did anything.
Did I hurt anyone?
Does it matter if I took something that didn’t belong to me?
Does it matter if I did or did not have the money to pay for them?
Does it matter if I threw the things away when I left the store because they had no value to me?
Does it matter that I didn’t pay for things that I took?
I recently wrote about integrity-
Does this story mesh with the conversation that we had?
If you take something that costs money and do not pay for it, are you acting with integrity?
(and for all those who don’t know me- this is a theoretical exercise. I abhor shoplifting.)