Unless you’re from another planet, you’ve heard of Robin Hood. The Prince of Thief. The saviour of the poor and the downtrodden. A hero.
A hero? Really?
I don’t think so. I beg to disagree. I’m quite sure my opinion of Robin Hood contradicts popular belief. But then again, I don’t care much for political correctness. I call a spade a spade.
To me, Robin Hood was no different from any other thieves. So he stole from the rich to give the the poor. So what? Does that make stealing less wrong? Does the fact that he gave it to the poor makes him less a thief? I don’t think so.
Why am I so harsh towards this legendary hero? Because I believe that the end does not justify the means. Two wrongs do not make a right.
If we glorify Robin Hood as a hero, shouldn’t we also glorify every person that takes the law into his own hand and mete out his own justice?
Our world would become a very chaotic one once we start justifying the wrong means we use to achieve the end we want.
If one day I have my own children, I won’t be reading the tales of Robin Hood to them nor glorify him as a hero. On the contrary, I will tell my children that he was a thief. That he gave to the poor doesn’t make stealing any less wrong. The end does not justify the means.
Fact: Robin Hood was a thief.
He was not a hero.