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The Parable of the Bookshop owner

There was once a man who owned a bookshop. 

He had 2 ladies working for him.

One was an honest worker. 

The other would steal money from the till, whenever she got the chance, and was alone there by herself.

Then the owner sold his shop, and the two sales-girls went along, with the purchase.

The new owner caught the girl stealing, and he blamed the previous owner for passing on a bad worker to him.

He sacked her, and he asked the previous owner for compensation.

Questions for the reader:

What was going on here?

Are we responsible for all our actions, as well as for other’s actions too, like in this case?

Are we only responsible for our own actions, or can we be responsible for other’s actions, sometimes too?

My own thoughts about this:

I think that we indeed are responsible for our own actions, and that we are partly responsible for all actions connecting to us through others too.

What does connecting to us mean here?

It means secondary actions, traceable back to our own non-actions, when action should have been carried out by ourselves, but wasn’t.

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What do you think?


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  1. The moral power of impact.

    There is a parable about the boulder thrown into a pond. Who is responsible for the waves created that swamp the boats on the pond?
    The rock
    the person that threw the rock.

    the habit of the salesgirl is a ripple, the thrower of the rock is the shopkeeper.

    • It’s a good parable you told there.

      The rocks in our heads make ripples until we see that we were not the ones to place them there, but that they are a part of the environment, not meant to ripple, but to beautify instead.

      The ocean has rocks at its bottom, and around its edges, that make no sounds, but the sounds made by the waves pounding on them.

      Should the bookshop owner, the shopkeeper, have made a sound as his rock landed in the water then, or not?

      • if our goal is to move away from where we are to the next level than the answer is simple. The old business saying applies. Do the right thing.

        Right becomes a part of moving forward.
        wrong never leads us to an answer.
        Ignorance is for fools to relish in. So if we ignore, we debase our inner light.

        • Do any real fools ever exist though?

          Is ignorance the shade-cloth that we all huddle under together?

          Responsibility sits on its own chair, until the chair becomes a couch, and you sit down on it too, with another person, then responsibility is shared.

          Is the right thing always clear as being the right thing?

          Is the right thing relative, or absolute?

          The correlating question would be then, is truth absolute, or relative too?

          God, perhaps, though, as Einstein said, in as many words, does not play games with the truth.

          The truth always remains the truth then, or does it?

          • to thy known self be true. If someone does something bad and you let it slide, then you own a piece of the next thing they do bad.

            we as a world have to stop letting someone else step up and take the lumps for bad and wrong behavior.

            If someone behaves outside the norm we have to report it. The system may say a starving mother stealing bread from a store shouldn’t be punished, but that is the collective view and it works for me.

  2. What if he had an idea that this was going on, but he was too weak to say something to his employee, because, after all, this was the mayor of the city’s daughter?

    If someone comes to work, affected by drugs, should the business owner know about this?

    Should business owner’s generally, have to be more aware of what is going on with their employees these days, than in the past?


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