I seem to bomb this site with my thoughts and opinions
well take it for what it is.
Been thinking alot about our responsibility in society as a whole.
And one thing that goes around and around in my mind is imprisonment.
Lets do an example:
Lets say i live in a place where i hear my neigbour through the walls, i hear him abusing both his wife and kids.
I of course feel really bad about it, but chose to take the easy path and tuck it away somewhere in my mind where it dont bother me anymore.
The kid that gets abused by both his father, and mother who in frustration does it as a response to her self getting abused, that kid goes to school,
and the teachers early on see that somethings is not allright with the kid.
They also see that the kid is bullying some other kids.
They perhaps scold the kid for being bad to others, but they dont dig in to whats really going on.
The kid gets put in special education classes,
The bullying continues and worsens.
He hangs out on the streets with kids who comes from simmilar backgrounds, late at nights, kids who aint got no reason to show anyone but them selves
Perhaps its a gang, where the entry ritual is getting the # beaten out of him. and perhaps its a gang where he beats up kids that wants to join the
Girls who wants to join allow him to rape them as their entry ritual.
In this neigbourhood where his gang roam, lots of people who are aware of his home situation bend down their heads afraid to make eye contact when he
and his boys passes on the street.
He now gets expelled from school for not caring about anything or anyone,
and at nights he smokes pot, drinks beer, steel cars, and robbing convenience stores.
He dont get caught by the police, even though some folks in the neihgbourhood are fully aware of who the kids making trouble are, perhaps because the
fear retaliation if they go to the police.
One night he and his crew desides to hold up a stranger on the street, the stranger is an old school tough guy who pulls a knife to defend him self,
It becomes a struggle and a gun goes off, the tough guy falls to the ground, everyone runs off, except the kid in the story,
He stands next to the dead body of the tough guy and holds a smoking gun in his hand, He dont feel anything about what just has happened, and he
He always thought it would feel terrible to kill someone, but dont feel a thing,
He looks at the dead body and thinks about how he looks almost asleep where he lies still on the ground,
He hears sirens and shouting.
He hears how someone screams "drop the gun"
He thinks about if he should point the gun at the cops so that they should end his life for him.
as a tear falls down on his cheek he drops the gun, angry and scared. angry at himself for being to scared to end it all now when he had the
yiehaaa!!!! storytime over.
now my thoughts,
is it morally right to judge that kid to prison or to take his life?
we live in a society where caring for others is a virtue and many would say that caring for others is a must to have a working society.
is it not more morally right to judge and condem me for not doing anything when i heard the abuse, or the teachers who took the easy way out at the
school and choose not to meddle.
or the lot that where afraid to go to the police.
some might say that theres lots of kids with rough uppbringings that have turned out ok, and therefore it absoloutley ok to judge the kid straight up
to the executioners chair.
but the fact is that these matters cant be compared to eachother because we as humans are not equally strong, and everyone has its own way of dealing
with things, so yeah, some makes it while others dont.
we have laws in the society to protect us, and we judge people by these laws, and if we reserve the right to judge, dont we then allso have a
responsibillity to try and give people a fair chance to abide to those rules.
this is an old question and it probably have been mentioned a lot here on ats, i tried a search on morality and got 108,000 hits so i figured that i
rather put something up here than going through all those hits.
there is a rather famous book out there, it got some chapters about this longhaired carpenter dude.
he has a rather rough uppbringing,
a single lightly neurotic mom, running alone in the street and all. later he became the leader of a gang.
if this dude was real or not, i dont know, (actually i dont care much either)
but this dude, real or not had some pretty good ideas.
one good idea he had was when he told a crowd about to throw rocks at a girl who had commited adultery,
to quit throwing rocks. he told them something like this.
"let he amongst you who are without sin throw the first rock"
i believe he saved the girls life.
that was a brilliant idea, but it has not completley worked, since many of us keeps throwing rocks at eachother.
we are overall pretty good at throwing crap at eachother instead of reflecting where the crap we throw comes from.
i mean if i got lots of crap at home, would it not be better if i made a big pile and used it as maneur instead of feeding others with my crap.
i say like the longhaired carpenter did, only with a slight modification.
"lets get the rocks in the air, aim at everyone and everything for every reason you se fit"
perhaps it would then make us realise that rocks are hard and that helmets are kind of nice to have.
edit on 14-12-2012 by jisujaaljo because: thisnthat