Geometry might prove this. If we arrive from point a to point b, using a straight line, then we have a measure of distance. If we move to point b using a crooked line and later straightened that line,we find that we could have traveled much further on our journey with out the crookedness. This is the same in the way we live in society. Without crookedness, we can achieve much more using less effort if we are honest and work together in our journey of life. Thieves not only rob society of achievements, but themselves also, for they would have more self respect and put more effort into improving their lives, in their omission of dishonesty.