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Stupid Thinking

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For example, if you want $500, you can just work at a job. Even at $7.00 per hour, it only takes two weeks to earn $500. You can spend it however you like, no stress, no secrets, no risks.

A criminal robs a store for $500 without thinking it through. If he is gets the money and is not caught right away, he must keep his crime a secret. He might need to go into hiding. His life is no longer open, happy and trusting. For just $500, he ruins his life and reduces his chances for success.

A criminal also fails to see how he or she hurts others. A stolen car, even when insured, can take months of hassle and stress to finally replace. Stolen money might represent someone's life savings and ruin their retirement plans. Hitting someone on the head can cause a lifetime of pain for the victim.

Street-drug users can only think about their next high. If they looked further into the future, they would see damage to their bodies, financial ruin and a failed life. Prison time is also a real possibility; in fact, half of the inmates in US prisons are there for violating drug laws. These inmates did not look into the future.

Fortunately, when a criminal gets smart and thinks in sequence, he or she stops committing crimes.

 

Even Small Crimes Have Big Consequences

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