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Whenever you are watching a sporting event or a movie with a large group of people, there is inevitably that one person who sort of wanders in and out of the room, or who arrives late, but who always expects someone to catch them up on the action when they finally sit down. I usually oblige the best I can and quickly summarize the high points before getting back to enjoying it again. I never say what I’m really thinking, which is, “If you really cared about what’s been going on, you would have been paying attention.”
Of course, faithful attentiveness to movies and football games is not something I think we need to spend a lot of time correcting. People are free to enjoy those things at their own pace in their own way. There is a big problem, though, when we approach the most important thing in all of life with the same attitude of casual non-interest.
The eighth commandment, “You shall not steal”, is a prohibition against any form of taking another man’s property – whether by coercion, or fraud, or in any way without his consent. It also prohibits cheating or harming property or destroying the value of a man’s property. Read more