The problem with thieves is that society has not yet made up its mind as to the status of a purely philosophical conception known as freedom. In other words, we do not yet know if we do in fact decide on a course of action or if we think we decide on a course of action that was already the course we were gonna do.
This problem rears its ugly head in the judicial system again and again and is reinforced by relatively lax laws and a mandate to rehabilitate people. Yet at the same time (and in the same provision) we also find it somewhat necessary to punish people and to get some sort of retribution.
Let me explain the problem (and bare with me here): Society (we) and the judicial system can’t have it both ways. You can’t punish a person you are going to rehabilitate and you can’t rehabilitate a person you are gonna punish. Why?
Because when you are punishing a person you are subscribing to a world view of humanity that’s says: we as human beings are unmoved movers (as in outside of the causal chain…I will get to this later) and are individually responsible for all our fucking actions.
When you rehabilitate someone, you are in fact saying that humans are part of the causal chain and the person in question has somehow become (but more likely was born) a defective human being and needs to be fixed (much as a broken motorbike)…
The “causal chain” is the philosophical terminology that attempts to describe the deterministic universe we live in. It is a universe that is governed by natural (scientific) law and everything in it is (or at least can be one day) explained. Or to put it in the proper terminology: once we know enough about the universe we will be able to (from any given state) predict a future state accurately. Granted this model of the universe has a lot going for it….(big bang, journey to the moon, cars, motorbikes, cause and effect, light bulbs, penicillin, low mortality rate, airplanes….and the list goes on (ad infinitum)…
The problem is that we are not 100% sure we are living in this type of universe. If we really and truly are then there is no such thing as an “unmoved mover” we do not have freewill, and our lives are simply a course or path we follow along till death do us part.
If, on the other hand we are not living in this type of universe then what the fuck is cause and effect? Again, I turn to Hume and Kant to get answers…however, only more questions arise.
If cause and effect exist only in our minds, then, the entire universe (as we perceive it) would only really and truly exist within our minds…and since we have never sat down and chatted with extra terrestrials (maybe on LSD--but that doesn’t count) or any other “life” (as we know it) ……bah!…none of this matters=All thieves still need to be shot (it’s for their own good)…..