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In "Riddle and Mystery," a Tapestry of Faith program
Lead a discussion about what should happen when a starving person steals food. You might begin by mentioning Jean Valjean, the protagonist of Les Miserables, which is both a 19th-century French novel by Victor Hugo and a musical based on that novel and composed by Claude-Michel Schonberg, with libretto by Alain Boublil. Jean Valjean suffers greatly through his life after stealing a loaf of bread because he is hungry. Say you do not wish to spend time on the story. Instead, you want to ask a general question: What should happen when people are so hungry they steal food?
Thoughtful and engaged youth may have an energetic discussion around this question. Use these prompts and comments to extend the discussion:
Is it all right to steal to save a life?
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