Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Kleptomania, for the uninitiated, is the "mania of stealing things". Its a term we have all used with such casual ease that it has lost its seriousness to a large extent. On a number of occasions I have heard people referring to each other as a klepto, albeit jokingly.However, we don't realize the gravity of this phenomenon or disorder if it can be called that. Imagine a family member of yours, somebody you have loved and grown up with, somebody whom you have respected all your life, suddenly turns out to be a "Klepto". First reaction-DISBELIEF. It would be nothing less than a shock to anybody with our first reaction being, what with all the trust, love and faith one placed in the person, this is how one was repaid. The feeling of being betrayed would fill one with intense loathing. Instantaneously, a million things fall into place. The necklace that went missing during a cousin's marriage, the money that was lost during the house-warming ceremony and sundry other things.

Yet is ostracizing the person, the solution to this problem?Not talking to the person ever again is not going to make anything better. Also we will be punishing the near and dear ones of that person, say his/her spouse and children for no fault of theirs.So what is the solution to this problem? Is there a solution to this problem? Should one forget about what happened? Is it possible to forget what happened? Can things ever be the same again?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’m your dream, make you real
I’m your eyes when you must steal
I’m your pain when you can’t feel
Sad but true

I’m your truth, telling lies
I’m your reason alibis
I’m inside open your eyes
I’m you

- Metallica "Sad but True"

Naaaw you shouldn’t come down hard on the chap, being found out is disgraceful enough plus all said and done he/she is family and possibly old enough to realise that trust has been grossly damaged. I think that is a hard enough penalty. The hard part is what irrational thought goes through your head at that particular point of time that defies all logic and reason to commit a stupid act.

1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeh.. we are passing thru the same thing. we just discovered through a very painful way that a person we always loved & respected and even looked up to is a klepto...
caught shoplifting... brought disgrace to all of us. i dont think right now i am ready to forgive and forget... its very hard

6:35 AM  

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