Originally Posted by smackdaddy
Except this was theft/burglary...not robbery or attacking.
It is my opinion that theft, whether by force or stealth, IS
an attack, in several ways. Here I submit just a few:
It is an attack upon your livelihood.
When a thief steals from you, he is committing an act of violence against your money. He is attacking your hard earned goods that your labor has paid for, raping your possessions, and ripping from you the rightful ownership of said goods.
It is an attack upon your safety.
When a criminal gains entrance to your home to steal from you, be it your boat, house, or other dwelling, he offends the implied 'No entry' rule you have established when locking down, or even just closing off, access to your place of residence. He has taken for himself the power of your vulnerability and weakness, whether you are asleep at the time or simply unprepared for his intrusion. He has breached your home, unannounced and unwelcomed, and set you at a disadvantage for defending yourself.
It is an attack upon your dignity.
When someone steals what you have worked for, they are making a statement about you. They are saying, You are there for my trampling and abuse, and that which you possess is mine to do with as I choose. They are relegating you to nothing more than chattel, there for the gluttonous consumptive target of their own appetites.
And finally, it is an attack against God.
He has set up certain moral and ethical structures, one of which is "Thou shalt not steal." The thief is saying to God, the all-powerful Creator of the universe, My rules supersede Yours, my desires override Your commandments. And, by implication, I am greater than You. This is the most heinous of all attacks.
There are more, I'm sure, but I was aiming for brevity.