Controlling violent people

The problem
There is a lot of talk and legislation going on in the United States regarding what to do about all of the violent murders and assaults that take place in our country everyday. Much of this has to do with controlling access to guns by individuals, but it should be recognized that guns are not the cause of the violence that concerns us; people are, and the challenge is controlling violent people. I don’t believe that a gun in a cabinet in someone’s home or on the shelf of a gun dealer has ever harmed anyone. And even a gun in a police officer’s holster should not be drawn by the officer to be used to enforce some law contrary to the laws that have been established for such action. A gun by its self anywhere seldom discharges and harms anyone.

We have established some laws to allow certain individuals access to guns, even to carry them on their bodies in public, but there are other laws in place to control the use of these deadly weapons by these individuals. Some of these laws seek to control the access to guns by individuals who have some degree of impaired mental functions that might hamper their abilities to make reasonable decisions regarding the use of guns, but the “problem” is with them and not with any gun.

The solution to the problem
So the solution to this problem is not to seek to control the distribution of guns to individuals, but it is to seek to reduce the level of violence, particularly that of a deadly nature, by individuals in the United States. Specific laws against the use of violence have only limited power in the decisions and actions of individuals who are in some ways motivated to take violent action against others. Their decisions and actions need to be controlled by an influencing personal power that is more dependable than laws. It is the power to be individuals who are able to live and to get along with others, even those who may “abuse” them or be “unfair” in their treatment of them or even to threaten them, by acts of love and peace that will basically change the controlling influences in their lives. God is the only source of such changing power in anyone’s life. For a statement regarding this matter, I invite the readers of this post to check out my statement regarding “God’s Work of Redemption” at God’s work of redemption.

Let’s talk about this. Violence is a topic of great interest in the United States, and the control of potentially violent individuals is one of our basic problems.

Truth

A statement should be accepted as being “true” when it clearly communicates the real factual nature or quality of the subject of its wordy remark. It may only be partially “true” if it fails to state all of the important basic facts or qualities of its subject. It may be considered to be a dangerous statement if it doesn’t include some of the real factual qualities of the subject that could mislead its hearer in regard to his or her understanding of the nature and quality of it. Although things and individuals and situations may change, “true” statements about such subjects should reflect those real changes in order for them to be accepted as “truth”.

Some individuals seem to believe that there is no statement of absolute “truth”, that no statement can be absolutely “true” about the real nature or quality of any subject that it cites in its remark. I understand that such a statement “ that there is no statement of absolute “truth”” cannot be “true”, because it would reject what is factually real about much that we observe and experience and depend upon in our lives in this world. Such a statement must just be an “opinion” about the subject by its author.

Specific statements that are made by anyone who is knowingly seeking to deceive anyone about the real factual nature or quality of his or her remark is lying. Such statements are “lies”, and they should always considered to be dangerous and of no value in human living and commerce. On the other hand, statements that are “true” are always good. Our minds are impacted every day with hundreds of statements about hundreds of subjects that can and do have important implications for what we think and how we choose to live in this world. From early childhood through the years of old age individuals are confronted with the challenge of trying to understand what is “true” about what they encounter in their lives so they can have a wise perspective on these subjects and their personal importance as remarks of “truth”. The process of discerning what is “true” and what is a statement of “truth” is not easy, because we often can be easily deceived by our own selfish desires and foolish opinions into accepting “lies” as statements that are “true” and of some personal benefit in our lives and commerce.

What would you consider to be a statement of absolute “truth”? How would you define the difference between what is a “true” statement and what is only a matter of “opinion”? For a statement about the “gift” of “truth” go to Truth. Let’s talk about this.

Cleanliness

Cleanliness can make a person more attractive. There is something radiant about cleanly brushed hair, a clear glowing complexion, bright eyes, and a happy smile with clean shining teeth on a person’s head at the top of a normally shaped body that is modestly covered with clean clothing. And the attractive impression of such cleanliness is greatly enhanced by the person’s projection of an inner cleanliness that comes from a happy positive disposition that is generated by clean thoughts of what is basically loving and good and humble.

I’m sure that anyone would find the appearance of such a person to be attractive in most circumstances. Most individuals are relatively “normal”, and models of excellent “beauty” are somewhat “special”. But such “beauty” cannot be effectively displayed without some degree of cleanliness being present. No one is perfect, so no one is perfectly “clean”, but most of us can probably do some things to improve our degree of cleanliness as we present ourselves to others in this world.

I don’t think that it takes a lot of money to be clean. The application of a little soap and water can do wonders to one’s body and clothes. A person doesn’t have to join a health club or go to an exercise room three times a week to keep in shape. You don’t have to wear fancy and expensive designer clothes in order to be attractive. The basic ingredients for a healthy diet are usually not expensive, and such a diet might enable an individual to avoid having to spend money on medicine and doctors’ fees. And the resources for a person’s inner cleanliness are readily available as “gifts” from God to those who will only trust him for his loving providential care and forgiving grace in Jesus through his indwelling Spirit. For a statement about this matter see Living by the Spirit on this website.

How do you evaluate the importance and value of cleanliness in regard to a person’s attractiveness? What do you think makes a person attractive? Let’s talk about this.

Improving your potential

You current situation
Once that you “grow up”, leave home, and get out on your own, you begin to realize that it might be well to see what you can do to improve your potential in life. You may understand that your parents or others who have cared for you have given you a lot of basic resources and training to enable you to survive in this world and other teachers have equipped you with some basic knowledge and skills in various procedures to enable you to participate in most of the functions for one’s daily life. The following information is a brief guide that may enable you to improve your potential in your daily life.

Here is a basic formula for this process: current situation + available resources + work = potential.

Perhaps you quickly realized that in order to expand your supply of available resources for your life you needed to get more education in particular fields of knowledge or work. So you went to college or a trade school and got an advanced degree or certificate. Or maybe after you finished high school you just starting working at some menial job to make some personal cash while you tried to figure out what you were going to do with your life. Perhaps you realized at this point that there was really no one in the entire world that had to employ you or to pay you to do anything for them. And in spite of your estimated value as a worker, they would only pay you what they figured you to be worth to them in their business. Or perhaps you have been working effectively for several years, but you are wondering if it might be possible to improve your potential, to make more money or to achieve more personal satisfaction in what you were doing everyday.

In any case the basic formula must be applied. You will need to expand your supply of available resources and engage in more work. You will not be able to improve your potential by just continuing to do what you usually do. Practicing acquired skills can enable one to improve in their expression, but the world is changing so fast and new threats to one’s security and effective productivity in life are so extensive that everyone needs to be continually upgrading his or her personal tools for work and his or her understanding of what is going on in order to remain useful and comfortable in one’s situation. If you are not improving your potential for living, you are dying.

Acquiring more resources
As indicated above, you can acquire more resources by going through more years of formal education and training. But you can also acquire more resources and knowledge by just expanding what you choose to read and to study. Give up some of your free time that you spend to be entertained to investigate a new field of knowledge or service. Learn a new language or develop a new hobby as in art or music. Read some of the old classical literature on the library’s shelves. Learn how to do more on your computer or just to improve your diet. New tools for communication and work are being added everyday to the list of available resources that a person has for effective and satisfying living. You can improve your potential in living by learning how to use some of them.

Improving your work experience
As you expand your knowledge and demonstrate that you are improving your personal and working skills, your employer may be willing to give you new opportunities for more work or different responsibilities in his or her business. You should probably consider these as opportunities to improve your potential, even if he or she is not paying you a lot more for new responsibilities. The skills and knowledge that you acquire through the new responsibilities cannot be taken away from you, and they will make you a better worker no matter where you go. You might also consider improving your work experience by volunteering to serve in some new field of work in which you have never engaged. That might be in a community agency that uses volunteers for some of their areas of service. Or it might be just a temporary need for some workers in an emergency. In any case, such new work experience will enable you to improve your potential.

A specific plan to improve your potential
Improving your potential in living and working in this world is probably not going to happen accidentally. You will need to give some extensive and careful thought to this matter if you expect to achieve any significant results. Write out a complete evaluation of your current situation, including your strengths and weaknesses, your joys, and your frustrating disappointments. Then write out a statement of what you would like to change or to improve. Finally write out a plan for making those changes and improvements. Recognize that the words that you use to express those changes and improvements will serve as the steps for the procedures that you will need to take to make those changes and improvements. Since you will not be able to implement your complete plan all at once, it will need to include a time line for its implementation. Such a time line will give you a practical schedule for this process, and it will also serve as an evaluating tool for your plan.

Conclusion regarding improving your potential
Since few of us are perfect and situations in the world do not allow us to remain effective all of the time, each of us probably needs to be engaged in improving our potential. What do you think? Which of the above suggestions do you think might be helpful in this process? Let’s talk about this.

It’s your right – it’s legal

It is apparent that the Supreme Court of these United States believes that homosexuals and lesbians have a basic right to have their “unnatural” and “abnormal” sexual desires and activities regarded as being legally approved by the civil act of securing a “marriage” license in a civil court and going through a public ceremony of sharing “loving” pledges. This legal decision has many repercussions for other sexual activities between “sexually mature” individuals.

Pedophiles have already started to talk about and to make plans for court cases to secure their “legal” right to practice their sexual preferences with other sexual individuals, particularly with children under the age of 18, as long it is mutually consented activity and not done in public. This logically raises a question as to whether or not “sexual mature children” under the age of 18 have a legal right to be sexually active with consenting partners of their choice. Since relationships between same sexed individuals can’t produce any children; and, if the female in a heterosexual relationship gets pregnant, she can have an abortion that some insurance plan will probably cover. So why shouldn’t it be legalized?

Polygamous men and women are also talking about and I assume making plans for the extension of these “rights” to their sexual relationships and family covenants. Why not legalize them as they are mutually consented to and as long as the dependent individuals are not going to be a financial burden on the general population of their communities?

And what about prostitutes? Are they entitled to the legal “right” to practice their “business” in all 50 states to serve their naturally driven consenting “customers” to seek their sexual services like any motel or hotel is generally legally free to rent its rooms to non married adults. Logically I don’t see how their activity with a sexual partner is legally any different from that of a consenting “sleep over” with a person after a “date”. Why should that activity of the prostitute be judged as “illegal” when that of the other individuals in a “sleep over” is not so judged?

And what about the practice of incest within families? Do heterosexual couples as well as homosexual couples now have the legal right to engage in sexual activities with their children as long as such activities are not forced and particularly if they are done in “loving” expressions of sex education and training in legal sexual activities?

I think that all expressions of non-consensual sex, rapes, and public displays of sexual activity between adults will still basically be considered to be illegal in our country. But the line between sexual “rights” and the “legal” expressions of those “rights” and what is “illegal” and “immoral” is changing, at least in how some judges rule in these matters. The public discussion of these matters is already underway. Let’s talk about this on this blog.

Shopping made easy

When you know exactly what you want, which familiar store carries it, and where you will find it on the rows of shelves, shopping is easy. Then all you have to do is to decide how you are going to pay for it, cash or plastic or a paper check.

Difficult shopping
It should be readily apparent to most shoppers that shopping online or shopping on the internet is far from easy. Sometimes it is difficult to even figure out exactly what brand of “stuff” you want or is going to meet your need, because there is so much available in the world-wide market. And you may not be very familiar with some of the producers of the new “stuff” that has caught your attention, because they are foreigners who are so far away. And you may be somewhat overwhelmed by their persistent “flashy” ads or figuratively “caught” by their technical intrusions into your shopping experience and their keen knowledge of many of your personal interests and personal data. And you are becoming very tired of the hard personal work that is daily required to easily scan some interesting “shelves” of stuff that may meet your needs and be “safe” to use. You don’t like to be constantly hit with “spam” (unrequested ads) as you go through the “markets”, and you are having a hard time making reasonable searches by using available search engines to try to spot what it is that might meet your need or particular interest. The search engines seem to be constantly changing the way that they index “stuff” and make information about it available to shoppers.

Making shopping easy
The following suggestions might make shopping online or in the world-wide market of the internet easier for you, if you are willing to put them to use in your shopping experience.

    1. Learn the difference between “necessities” and “luxuries”.
    2. Learn the difference between what is “cheap” and what is “worthy”.
    3. Learn the basics regarding what makes the “stuff” for which you are shopping work in a dependable way or to do what it claims to do for you.
    4. Check out the fine print regarding the “stuff” and the terms of your purchase and the precise “guarantees” or promises of helpful “support” for your purchase.
    5. Trust the Lord, the creator of all of the “stuff” that is in this world to enable you to discern the difference between what is “good” and what is “evil” among all of the “stuff” that is available to you in the vast markets of this world.

    Let’s talk about this
    What is the nature of your shopping experiences online or in the world’s marketplace of the internet? What makes such experiences “easy” or “difficult” for you? What do you think of the 5 cited suggestions above? What questions do you have about this matter that we might discuss?

Responsible media

What do you think of the current quality of “news” that is currently being reported every day in the public “news” channels in the United States? If you are like many citizens, you may have some concerns regarding the objectivity of the reporters and various commentators.

It seems to me that many “news” crews are quick to get on the scene of something that has happened or is even happening and they begin to “report” about it and discuss it with various bystanders and some enlisted “experts” or even some officials before many of the basic “facts” regarding the incident are fully known. In many cases the “experts” are only retired individuals who are invited to comment on the incident because they may have some insights into the situation because of their previous experience and expertise in such circumstances. This often means that the “reporters” and the “experts” are basically unknowing observers of something that happened or is happening that they may not understand much better than the ordinary members of the gathered crowd.

In some cases videos of what happened or what is happening are available from “private” individuals or even “official” sources, but in most cases these videos don’t show everything and they often don’t include direct audio remarks of the primary participants in the event. So they often can’t show why it happened or evaluate the legal implications of the various actions of the primary participants in the incident.

Many “news” channels will spend days continuing to discuss some of these incidents with various “experts” and once in awhile with some “officials” while they are still unaware of all of the objective facts and true causes for what happened. I don’t think that such discussions are particularly helpful in enabling ordinary citizens to know how to interpret or to respond to many of the events that attract the attention of our “news” media.

Some “news” media have a better reputation for being “objective” in their reporting of what has happened or is happening in our communities than others do, but I still think there is too much of a “political spin” placed on the “news” that gets reported in our media. What do you think? What are the qualities for “responsible” coverage of public events in our communities that you would like to see implemented by the media? Let’s talk about this.