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If you ask me: Hurt people hurt people


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  • Nov. 14, 2022 - 4:43 PM

If you ask me: Hurt people hurt people

The Newnan Times-Herald

Crime continues to be a main topic in the news these days, and it seems to be getting worse instead of better.

The politicians say they are going to do something about it, but I cannot recall any of them saying how they are going to achieve this.

There are many theories as to the increase in crime. A few are listed here:

• The psychodynamic theory centers on a person’s early childhood experiences and how it influences the likelihood of committing a crime.

• Behavioral theory focuses on how the perception of the world can influence criminal behavior.

• The theory of punishment not being stiff enough and criminals are back on the street with just a slap on the wrist.

• Another theory is that criminals are often the offspring of a drug-induced culture affecting them both psychologically and physically.

Criminals are people that have been hurt physically and/or psychologically and they are bursting with anger and violence because of it. Hurt people often hurt people.

My grandmother would tell you that some people are just plain evil. The question of whether humans are inherently “good” or “evil” has inspired many writers and philosophers to produce an abundance of plays, poems, tales and movies. Human nature is by no means described by the Bible as good.

Even though our laws are founded on Biblical principles, in 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky courthouse violated the separation of church and state. Thus began the chopping away at our moral code.

What about replacing the Ten Commandments in public buildings with "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," which is a biblical concept spoken by Jesus in Luke 6:31 and Matthew 7:12; it is commonly referred to as The Golden Rule. Yes, it is from the Bible, but it does not mention any deity. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone practiced The Golden Rule? Crime would be all but gone.

Following Mr. Wanderlust into foreign non-Judeo Christian areas, I always find myself curious about the religion that is practiced in that country. I have found that in every religion there is something that is akin to The Golden Rule.

But will crime ever diminish, and peace become the way of life? We can always hope and pray, but it may be like the story of the old Jewish man and his daily prayer.

A journalist heard about an incredibly old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray every day for a long, long time. So, she went to check it out and hopefully find material for a story.

She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site. She watched him pray and after about 30 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview. "Pardon me, sir, I'm Rebecca Smith from the World News. What is your name?”

"Morris Feinberg," he replied.

"Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?"

"Every day for about 60 years."

"Sixty years! That is amazing! What do you pray for?"

"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and Muslims. I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop. I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults and to love their fellow man. I pray that politicians tell us the truth and put the interests of the people ahead of their own interests."

"How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?”

"Like I'm talking to a wall," said the old man.

The Dalai Lama said, “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” So as the song says, "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me."

Peace.

Margaret Hudson Kilgore lives in Sharpsburg with her husband Gordon Kilgore (aka Mr. Wanderlust) and two furbabies, Miss Lulu Bichon and Miss Mia Maltese. Margaret can be reached at margaretkilgore160@gmail.com .