Actually, you can put a price on “X”

It’s hard to separate yourself emotionally from situations that are necessarily a very visceral experience.  If you’re a starving person, or worse, a starving person also providing for others, you’re not usually running the economics or ethics of what is appropriate to steal or not to steal.  At most, your considerations run to that which is least likely to get you caught.  If you don’t have to face that situation yourself, however, all sorts of viewpoints can present themselves.  Emotional arguments can be countered with mathematics- philosophy countered with economics.  I like the last couple of panels, it tends to cast things in a different light.  Although, I hate to use the line, but it removes some of the romanticism from the situation.  Are you still Oliver Twist, just trying to survive, if you’re supping on Veal in a wine sauce and baguettes?  Or do you only qualify as less fortunate if you get to choose from Dumpsters 1 & 3?  With that said, if truffles and champagne are what I have available to steal, I’ll take two, please.


By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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