compassion does not favour one over the other

passwdOnce I had a student in a computer course telling me that he used to hack people’s bank accounts and steal only from those accounts with 50000+ cash on it. He told me he did time for it after being caught, before he started this course. He was jobless now. He said that he was thinking of doing this again.

I don’t know why he told me this. Obviously he wanted to hear arguments against doing so. Or did he really imagine I would approve of it?

He thought that the more people possess, the less they will mind if a few dollars were missing.

I told him that the richest people do mind a lot more losing even one dollar than those with a lesser amount of cash. Those who treasure their cash as if it were their children mind a lot more missing just one dollar.

Indeed they do, that’s why they accumulate more. Moreover, they really deserve our compassion. They are also dwelling in this existence, with perhaps an even more constricted outlook on life than most of us, limiting themselves to acquiring goods that they will never be able to take with them after passing away.

It took him 10 days to swallow this information.
He then successfully finished the course and found a well paid regular job 2 months later.
He doesn’t dream any more of becoming rich,
his wife told him that with two jobs, they have enough!

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18 thoughts on “compassion does not favour one over the other

  1. That was a brave thing of the both of you! He had to speak up on what was on his mind – and in his way. And you had to recognize that he had to make his own bed. Again. Not judging it was the only way to leave room for him to do better. He already knew better. And he got to do better. Even I feel better! 🙂 Thanks.

  2. It’s sad when people feel they have to resort to criminal activity to get what they would like. I imagine that, if he can hack bank accounts, there are other worthwhile paying things he could do, too.

  3. One of my favourite writers; Paulo Coelho once wrote: ‘Some of my friends are very poor – all they have is money’ … it is the view I subscribe to freely!

  4. It’s been my experience as well that those with significant amounts of cash seem very attached to it, and those who possess less are much freer in sharing. I’m one of the latter, and wouldn’t swap with one of the former for anything. What a way to live!

    • He was wavering, and didn’t know what to do. His time in jail must not have been easy either. He got ill that same week, and couldn’t afford to go to the doctor, so our organisation gave him just enough to pay the bills, which he returned many weeks later. Perhaps the ‘choice’ also has to do with a trust in humanity.

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