I remember going to Rasco’s, a little 5-10-25 cent store that was walking distance from my house in Linda Vista. It was there that I would buy a comic book, some candy, or some small toy.
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I also remember the Walker Scott store which was right across the way. I remember this shady kid had befriended me. And as we browsed through the store, I found out his intentions were to steal something. I think it was some records, maybe a few LPs. He was going to hide them in his jacket and go right up to the counter to buy something to make it seem like he was a legit customer. He had asked me to do the same thing, and I said, “No”. I wasn’t about to shoplift! And I kept my distance as he was doing the stealing. Yes, it was then that I really didn’t want anything to do with this kid. I don’t even know why he liked me. But I’ll bet you it was because I was a nice kid who doesn’t go around shoplifting every chance he gets.
Anyway, some sense of a moral compass is essential.
One day, I was sick with the flu, and this shoplifter kid visited me at my house. And I thought it was rather awkward. I think it was the last I saw of him, and I think (aside from being sick and all) that he got the message that I didn’t want to be friends with this guy anymore. I forgot exactly what I said but I believe I did call him out on the shoplifting thing and told him how wrong it was. Maybe that’s why I never saw him again.
Of course, not stealing is one of the 10 Commandments, and I had to learn all that stuff in Sunday School. Although I’m more of a Buddhist these days, I do believe the teachings of Christianity are a blessing, and are very similar to the teachings of Buddhism.
I guess you could say I’m a Christian-Buddhist, because I believe in the teachings of both world religions. But, even though I abide by these great religions, I firmly believe one’s Religion and Spirituality is a very personal thing.
The teachings are very sacred.