As my novels tend to dabble in the psychology of moral issues, this good article by Dylan Hearn really grabbed my attention.
One of the things I enjoy most about writing is exploring morality. At its most basic level, morality is just a question of right and wrong. It’s a black and white issue. Take theft, for example. The definition of theft is:
The dishonest taking of property belonging to another person with the intention of depriving the owner permanently of its possession
Not many of us would disagree that theft is wrong, but is it always wrong?
To punish a thief?
A young woman is caught stealing from a store. Theft is wrong and she should be punished. But what if it was food she was stealing for her hungry children? Is it still wrong? What if she had recently lost her job and had no way of feeding her children? What if the job she’d lost was at the store and the sore owner owed her a month’s…
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