I’m not exactly sure what this says about the world we live in today, but I just came across a rather unusual and yet still very heart-warming story. The story revolves around a burglary at the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services building. This story is unusual for a couple of reasons. First and foremost — the electronics and equipment stolen from the building were recovered. Secondly, they were recovered when the burglars themselves returned the laptops and computers they’d stolen with a hand-written note that said, “We had no idea what we were takeing (sic). Here (sic) your stuff back we hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples (sic) live (sic). God bless.”
Look, I could politicize the hell out of this story. I could tell you that I find it kind of sad that common burglars clearly have more empathy and compassion for sexual assault victims than some members of congress do. I could point out that while these burglars found out they were stealing from people that tried to help put people’s lives back together after being sexually violated, there are Republicans all over the country in state legislatures and even in our own House of Representatives that would treat any of these women seen by Sexual Assault Services would be forced by law to carry any pregnancy that resulted from their attack to term. There is truly no more morbidly hilarious irony than that, is there?
I could then further point out these are the exact kinds of services that liberals routinely have to defend from de-funding attacks from the right. I could get into great detail about how when we let our government govern from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis, forcing us into idiotic ideas like sequestration, it’s departments like this that wind-up having their coffers robbed not by men in raccoon masks with crowbars, but by old, white men in expensive, tailored suits paid for by either campaign contributions or our very tax dollars.
You know what though? For this one brief moment, let’s just tuck all that knowledge away and acknowledge the fact that the Universe taught us a few lessons with this story. Let’s move away from the political messages in this story and focus only on the human interest story. I’m not saying the people who broke into that office are modern day Robin Hoods. I’m merely trying to latch onto whatever positivity this world can give me, and there are certainly valuable lessons in this story outside the political realm.
First, there’s the notion of the noble thief. I’m a big fan of the rule of law, and I don’t abide thievery unless the only other option is literally starvation, but the fact remains that clearly these burglars found out about the good their victims do and they reversed the damage they had just done. They’re terrible spellers, but they still showed a glimmer hope, that even among scofflaws, compassion and empathy are not lost in the ether.