What we are thinking
Everytime I see defoliant sprayed on roadside bush growth I think of Agent Orange in Vietnam and its aftermath of cancer among the veterans. I know that it is pronounced safe by the road maintenance people, being used because it is cheaper, but it concerns me that a substance that will turn leaves brown and cause that portion of the bush to die would not have some effect on the birds, bees, chipmunks, deer, etc. who come in contact with it. It seems that regular contact with a low-toxicity substance would add up over a period of time. While I have been putting these concerns on this blog, it occurred to me that when I was a child and we were walking the roads in this area, we came in contact with roadside plum bushes with loads of wild plums for us to eat. I can't remember the last time I saw wild plums on the roadside.
There is no faith in which its true followers will dispense more kindness and compassion than the Christianity that its founder, Christ, advocated and taught. Yet it is becoming the faith to bash and hate and persecute in more and more countries around the world. And it is rapidly becoming the faith to ridicule in this country, one that was supposedly founded on its principles. North Korea continues to hold the top spot for Christian bashing and persecution. Saudi Arabia is a close number 2 where conversion to Christianity is punishable by death. And yet we can't make enough nice to them! Afghanistan comes in third, where converts to Christianity are facing intimidation, beatings, job loss, and imprisonment. And this is after thousands of Christians from our country have sacrificed lives and limbs to give them a country with freedoms available to its citizens. Iraq, where so much of our money and so many of the lives of our men and women were expended, has moved from 9th in Christian bashing to 4th. Exactly why a faith, with so much suppression and cruelty practiced so many of its adherents is preferred, is a real poser.
Just about every evening I watch what I call the Montgomery Body Count on WSFA Channel 12. Almost every report consists of mostly black–on-black shootings. I also notice that there is a great gripe amongst those who keep score of these things that more black people get arrested than white people. And these people feel that somehow this statistic is an indicator of racism. Could it be that black people commit more crimes than white people?
It seems to me that a factor other than race is lurking in this almost nightly slaughter. I don’t believe that the skin pigmentation of a person causes that person to commit a crime. The propensity to commit a crime would have to be the value system and life style that has been assimilated by the crime perpetrator up to the time of the crime’s commission and would have nothing to do with the color of their skin.
It is a given around the world that the family is the essential building block for society. When, in a society, the family structure is allowed to deteriorate, that society will suffer deterioration as well. Somehow our society has begun to think that the government can be the family. This thinking is beginning to take a toll on our society, and especially with the black families. It seems a terrible fate for a woman to be left alone to give birth to a child, and then to raise that child on her own. With no father, the young boy becomes a young man. The street becomes his home and the gang becomes his family.
The gang becomes the source of the moral structure of the young man and shapes his value system. Very soon he finds himself involved in activities that will result in his incarceration. Soon, unless there is a major intervention in his life, he is a crime statistic. One of those statistics is that he is black. But the more important statistic is that he is essentially fatherless. And that statistic is the main reason for his incarceration, not because he is black.
Many studies show that the more fatherless family units there are in a neigborhood, the higher the crime rate for that neighborhood. Our society should begin to encourage, promote and demand fatherly responsibility. Many women do an admirable job parenting their children alone. But so many more do not have the finances or organizational skills to keep children in a safe environment. As a child grows up, influences from beyond the household began to override any attempt on the part of the single parent to have much input into the lifestyle of the child. So it is not the child's skin color that is the problem. It is almost entirely due to the environment and lifestyle of the child.