Who doesn’t love, or even have heard of, the story of Ali Baba? Open sesame! For all the “Arabian Nights” tales, this one rings with us quite true in the sense that we should always seek opportunity, especially from those who don’t deserve it. Let’s face the truth here: Ali Baba was a thief. Plain and simple. But that’s not all to the story.
The Story of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
It basically went like this: Ali Baba discovered a secret lair belonging to 40 thieves as well as the way to get into it by speaking the secret words “open sesame.” Now let’s make one thing known here — Ali Baba’s a poor woodcutter. Not a lot of money to go around there. So you can ask yourself this important question — what would you do?
Clearly, if you stumbled onto a vast treasure trove belonging to 40 thieves, you’d feel the urge to nab a great portion of that treasure for yourself and perhaps provide for a future for your son and slave girl whom you’d betroth in marriage. In other words, opportunity when discovered blindly should breed provision for the future of your family. So can you blame Ali Baba? Truthfully, we can’t.
Needless to say, those 40 thieves found out about Ali Baba’s apparent invasion of the secret lair, but were thwarted completely. Ali Baba, of course, kept the lair secret for many, many years, so as not to be in the same position as those 40 thieves. Obviously.
Was Ali Baba Justified?
Now that is a tough question…. It’s not like Ali Baba’s anything similar to other notorious thieves of our history and literature at all. But think about identity theft, for instance — an identity thief wouldn’t steal from other identity thieves! But either way you look at it, you’re still an identity thief! No way around it.
This then becomes a simple question of morality and not crime. Was it more or less ‘illegal’ for Ali Baba to do what he did? Probably not (up to interpretation). Did Ali Baba do the right thing, however? Hmm…. Let’s “open sesame” that gate for a discussion and see what all of you think about that.