Forgivable Or Unforgivable?


On our BNC session this week, we discussed what order different crimes should be in order( depending on the least forgivable and the most). We were put in different groups and,depending on the crime -and the story behind it- we ordered them. Some of the crimes involved stealing( stealing a money to buy a phone, debt, charity or food for your family), one was keeping something that was sent to you by accident and seeing someone drop £50 pounds and picking it up.

Stealing food to feed your family- I think this is quite forgivable because I think that if your family are poor, in need of money, and are suffering of poverty, and if they are kindly trying to help there family, it is not a good thing to do but is reasonably forgivable- the person would be doing a terrible thing for a noble reason. Furthermore, in my opinion, if they have to think if they want to steal again, they should just ask a food bank, or charity to give them some food.

Seeing someone drop £50 pounds and picking it up- I think this is a really selfish thing to do, as it is not right to take someone that is not yours/ you don’t own it. Selfish: I thing this act is selfish because it is basically stealing( as you are taking someone’s money) and it is their hard-earned money, which they might’ve needed to use to buy something. This is not a forgivable act.

Keeping something that was sent to you by accident- I think this is not that forgivable. I think this because of two reasons: somebody had to use their money to buy something that they never got in return and you shouldn’t be able to keep something that you don’t own and that you are basically stealing something that someone else rightfully own. As we are learning about crimes and that anything- even if it is just keeping something that was sent to you by accident- is still a crime and I think you should still be sent to jail if you do any crime; bad or not.

Stealing from a charity bucket- I think this is a very unforgivable, dishonourable thing to do. A charity bucket is to help people less-fortunate than us, for example: poor people; the hungry, etc. Stealing to help yourself - when by not stealing you can help millions in the world- is very wrong when you can just ASK the charity to help you, if you are also poor or hungry.

Stealing money to buy a phone- this is selfish and childish thing to do. I think this is selfish because you’re just helping yourself to buy a phone. For example, when the person stole food for his/her family was wrong, but it was to help people. By stealing money to buy a phone, your committing a crime, just to buy a phone; which is childish as it it wrong and is only favouring yourself.

Stealing money to pay debt- I think this is a wrong thing to do in many different ways: you can work your way into paying debt, which is a more adult-like thing to do; you are stealing, and as in the act above for a wrong reason when you can earn it instead and even by doing this, you might not think that you( and other people who commit crimes in Europe) is making the crime-rate go higher, which will make the economy a more dangerous place for people.

My conclusion- in conclusion, I think( from most forgivable to least) that the order would be:

keeping something that was sent to you by accident, seeing someone drop £50 and keeping it, stealing food to feed your family, stealing money to pay debt, stealing money to pay a debt and stealing money from a charity bucket.


Comments (5)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
    04 Feb 2019

    Well done for clearly explaining the activity from your Burnet News Club session. I have given you a star for your reasoning, as you have given good reasons for why each action is/is not forgivable. Does anyone disagree with steadfast_moon and want to explain which one they disagree with and why?

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg trusting_politics | Ormiston Bushfield Academy A | United Kingdom
    06 Feb 2019

    I would like to share my opinion on this?
    If stealing food to feed your family is okay, do you think that it is okay to steal from another family who are poor and can only just afford food? Or is it okay to leave them hungry?

    I think that it is forgivable to pick up a £50 and put it in a charity box or hand it in. Because the likelihood is that if the person who dropped it does come back for it will they spend it on junk. Whereas a charity would most likely spend it on a worthy cause. Do you agree? Or do you think that you should leave it for someone else to pick up?

    I agree with you about what your saying about keeping something that was sent to you by accident. But what do you do if you do not know who delivered it or who it is for? Would you keep it then?

    I agree with you on all the rest but I think it is important to think about the same situation in different environments.

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg tough_twilight | Highdown School
    06 Feb 2019

    If you see someone drop £50 and keep it, it could be bad or good. Bad because you are being dishonest and keeping someone else's money; but good because if you leave it there, someone else is going to pick it up.

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  • John-Ruskin-logo-250x250.jpg generous_banana | John Ruskin
    09 Feb 2019

    In my BNC lesson we had another card you haven't mentioned : using your neighbours WiFi without them knowing . This one would be the part of the "least forgiving" because if they don't know where the password is put , and they want to call 999 , it won't work because there's no signal , whereas YOU know it , you get to use it EVERY FREE SECOND YOU GET .

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    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_panda_bear | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
      generous_banana's comment 11 Feb 2019

      Many people in my group found this OUTRAGEOUS! But I think that stealing food to feed you family is the most forgivable, as it is a need! Unlike the example of "to buy a new phone" which you don't need, (some people REALLY need a phone, but the statement says a new phone, meaning you already have one) but good you do need, or you can't live. The sentence also says to feed your family, not even yourself. We also made the assumption that someone who was stealing food to feed their family would be a fairly poor person, or they probably wouldn't need to STEAL the food. If course, I guess someone rich could just be cruel, but we found it more acceptable for a poor person to STEAL for their family's needs, rather than someone who could easily afford the cost of the food without using criminal activity.

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