The world needs laws that are enforced. Simply having a law does not guarantee compliance. It should, if we all had integrity, but it doesn’t and we don’t. Some people will skirt the law looking for loopholes, others will outright defy it, if they can get away with it.
When enforcement of laws is down due to budgetary or corrupt reasons, then it’s open season as far as how some people interpret their right to do what they want to do regardless of laws prohibiting certain behaviors.
If it’s not bolted down, it belongs to whoever wants it. Stealing is a word that the entire world understands – even in the most remote areas on the planet, stealing is taking something or someone that or who doesn’t belong to you. Stealing denotes that something or someone is taken without consent – something that is not the property of the one stealing what is not theirs to own.
In America, black pastors tell American blacks to steal whatever they want, just don’t steal from other blacks; steal from white people. This results in rich American blacks feeling justified in not helping less fortunate American blacks out of the ranks of poverty.
Pastors are motivated to comply, because they’ll be financially rewarded by the rich American blacks in the congregation. They earned their money; they’re not going to give it away to anybody – even to help a brother and sister out. Put it on the white man, the white guy. Anything white. That’s tribal. That’s the tribal culture that Barak Obama when president said was okay with him. “Being tribal is okay”.
They learn this in church. It’s part of their culture.
Hispanics, the same thing. Big on stealing and big on gaming the system. Gypsies, same thing.
All cultures steal. The difference is that in some cultures stealing becomes a systemic problem. And in other cultures, although some engage, they know they shouldn’t. They know it’s wrong. Guilt will prohibit many from engaging at all. With others there is knowledge of guilt, but they do it anyway.
The guilt factor is important in reducing the amount of overall theft within any culture and/or outside of any culture, where guilt is a valid tool of conscience in controlling individual and group behavior.
Many cultures see nothing at all wrong with doing anything you can get away with. That probably explains why so many American blacks are in jail or prison. It’s all a matter of cultures clashing.
So where the conscience begins and ends varies from culture to culture.
Culture clashing – specifically in areas of conscience – creates the most chaos and havoc between and among cultures.