A friend and I were having a debate. Can I hear someone else’s opinion about this?
And please give me an explanation. If yes, why? If no, why? Thanks in advance 👍🏼

Multis
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Yes, stealing a bit of food is inconsequential compared to a life of human being

down daemon
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Stealing is fine no matter what, as long it’s not from another worker

poVoq
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Generally yes, but you should not fall into a a mindset of protecting your family over everything else.

@esi@lemmy.ml
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This is not a yes or no question essentially. It depends on a lot of factors. Who are you stealing from? how hungry is the child? are there no social services that can help in a situation like this in your country?

I would say the following, it is not okay to steal if your child is hungry, but it might be a necessery evil.

@jazzfes@lemmy.ml
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I wouldn’t call the act of taking food when you are hungry and can’t afford it as a “necessary evil”. Mostly because of the “evil” part. Isn’t the core problem that there is someone who is in a position where they are desperate regarding their child’s need to eat?

@esi@lemmy.ml
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Well, it is also evil that someone is hungry for sure. But that does not automatically give someone the permission to steal from someone else and potentially making someone else hungry. Like i said, it depends on a lot of factors. You can reduce the moral cost of this all depending on how you steal the food. For example dumpster diving is possibly illegal or in a gray area in many countries but there’s almost no “moral cost” for that. On the opposite end of that gradient would be stealing from another child. Which would have a really high moral cost.

Travis Skaalgard
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Generally yes but it depends on several factors. If there were only one piece of food left in the world and you took it from someone else who also needed it, this would be a different question than lifting something from a multinational corporate-run store that is insured out the ass.

@blkpws@lemmy.ml
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If there is only one piece of food left, we are already dead. The reality is that we produce more food than we can eat.

Travis Skaalgard
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Lol I know, it was just the first hypothetical situation I could think of that could change the answer to this question.

@blkpws@lemmy.ml
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Yes but in reality, that case is impossible. We can have low resources but not a single meal. The problem is the capitalist system that forces people to work to eat and pay their home stuff instead to just do normal life. The food process is all automated but rich countries wastes food and throws them on trash instead to balance it, so I would say, steal anything you need to survive like eat or have a home, everyone deserves a decent life as a human.

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