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Monday, October 16, 2017

Is America Civilized?



"Always do right. This will gratify some people
and astonish the rest."
—Mark Twain

A Nevada parole board recently decided O.J. Simpson should be freed after the former NFL star apologized for his role in a 2007 armed robbery, said he'd been a model prisoner, and promised that he'd have no conflicts if released.

Back in the 1990s when Simpson was tried in a court of law and found not guilty for the murder of his wife, his trial seemed to be on TV continually. At that time I heard someone say, “How could he do such a brutal thing to the mother of his children?” My question remains now as it did then, “How could anybody do such a brutal thing to another person?”

Simpson’s trial in the 1990s highlighted America’s crime problems. But The People vs. Simpson trial only previewed the depth of our country’s daily carnage. It’s not The People vs. Anybody. It’s people vs. people.


The frequency of crime we’re seeing is a people-to-people thing: the kidnapping of a girl asleep with friends in her own bedroom; the killing of parents by their children; the drive-by shooting of innocent children walking in their neighborhoods.

There seems to be no feeling, no guilt, no conscience. Any justification to commit violence, even the taking of a life, seems to be all that’s needed to gain sympathy for the criminal.

History books describe America as a civilization. But do we behave civilized? Don’t civilized people show respect for one another? Aren’t civilized people courteous and polite? Doesn’t civilized society succeed for the common good?

Our country’s every-increasing crime rate dictates that we return to whatever worked better decades ago. Why don’t we try a return to traditional family values and respect for others? Why can’t we admit there really is a right and wrong? Why not practice more individual responsibility, moral integrity, brotherly love, and love for God?

May each of us do our part so our children and grandchildren will grow older in a more peaceful and loving world.

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