The 43

According to Wikipedia: “On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College were forcibly taken and then disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. They were allegedly taken into custody by local police members from Cocula and Iguala, in collusion with organized crime. According to official reports, the students’ annual commandeering of several buses to travel to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre turned deadly. During the journey, local police attempted to intercept several of the buses, commandeered by the students, through the use of road blocks and the firing of weapons.”

So I just watched the Netflix documentary “The 43” and realized for the first time that these college students had hijacked buses to go to a political protest. I don’t remember this from the NPR coverage.

What happens when you hijack a plane? You are likely to get killed. What happens when you hijack in general? You are likely to get killed.

I watched this Netflix documentary and at no point does anyone in it suggest that hijacking is a bad idea that increases your odds of suffering a terrible fate. Nobody wonders why the boys weren’t instilled with basic moral precepts such as “Do not steal.”

I have a simple take away from this terrible story that nobody else seems to say: If you abstain from stealing, you are much less likely to get killed. If you are abstain from deliberately harming others, you are much less likely to be the victim of retaliation.

Apparently, two of the buses that the boys commandeered were carrying approximately $2 million worth of heroin. If you don’t steal buses, you are less likely to end up in the cross hairs of angry drug lords.

In 12 step programs, it is not unheard of for people to make restitution to drug dealers they have stolen from. Just because the person you have stolen from is a criminal does not mean that you are free to rip them off without negative consequences.

When you don’t steal from others, they are much less likely to hurt you.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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