Can Theft Really Be Okay With Ali Baba?

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 Ali Baba identity theftthe 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.

Why We Can to Some Degree Sympathize With Bonnie and Clyde

It’s obvious: we see a certain infamy and maybe even some adoration for some of the greatest stories of our time, and a lot of those stories involve characters with less-than-stellar moralities. Case in point: these infamous thieves we’ve all heard of. We’ve got the likes of Robin Hood, and even Long John Silver. We sometimes revere these characters, yet they were thieves. Sometimes cold-blooded, in fact. And then we have the likes of the notorious Bonnie and Clyde…. We can safely say this duo just might blow the likes out of any fiction out of the water for one obvious reason —

Yes, Bonnie and Clyde Did Exist in Real Life — and They Robbed a Lot of People — and Even Committed MurderBonnie and Clyde identity theft

So, without a doubt, Bonnie and Clyde were not to be adored or admired in any way. However…. (and that’s a big however), we can understand the signs of the times and realize that what can drive a person to steal often revolves around the way of life, the hardships, the turmoil, and the trouble of a victimized society scrambling for the scraps at any table.

Bonnie and Clyde basically tried to survive. In any way they knew how. In fact, historical accounts actually show that Bonnie herself was more or less the simpleton standing behind Clyde while he did the stealing, shooting, and killing! They were nomads. They were an American Bohemia of “throwing caution to the wind” and loving love, a masterful open-road eternity of duality selfishness that was, in and of itself, endearing.

In a nutshell — Bonnie and Clyde were hopelessly, recklessly, and adoringly in love with each other and their lives together. They were a tragic love story, and that’s what drew us in.

We Can Say for Certain, Though, That in This Day and Age of Identity Theft, Bonnie and Clyde Would Have No Chance

It’s all relative, really. Crime has changed over the generations. That’s why it’s so easy to look back on the legends of old — our John Dillingers, Meyer Lanskys, and Al Capones of our age — and see them for their notoriety. Crime todayidentity theft, credit and bank fraud, mass murder, genocide — rings truer than anything Bonnie and Clyde ever did.

In the end, Bonnie and Clyde are two people who were so in love that they were willing to steal and kill for each other.