From which perspective?
The scenes in London and several other cities in the UK this past week were disgraceful. There is never any reason for stealing or arson, or for wanton vandalism. Some doing these actions are criminals with no shame and no care for anyone or anything, but many young people, without parental discipline and control (for whatever reason) and having not fully integrated or been taught decent moral values, can be carried along and caught up in the actions of a riot. Had many been drinking or taking drugs to do such actions? Many questions have to be answered.
All stealing, killing, causing harm of any kind, fighting, greed and envy are wrong, and I do not distinguish on the grounds of race, religion, age or status or country.
But who are the role models of young people in UK? Footballers? So called Celebrities? MPs? Accepting that there are exceptions in all categories, I think not.
The rioters, of this past week, are being fast tracked through the legal system as a matter of urgency. Custodial sentences will keep a few off the streets for a while, but, it is being suggested that social housing or financial support may be taken away. Some, with their families, are being evicted from their homes, What then? What does that gain? Eventually more destruction, more stealing, as hate and anger are increased?
The law appears to be discriminatory.
I have a good memory, but I don’t remember any fast tracking to the courts when thousands of pounds were ‘stolen’ by hundreds of MPs – a token few gradually, and at even more expense to the tax payer for legal aid, went to court and gaol. But, for the majority there was no retribution. Some of these people now condemn those who have nothing who behave in a similar way – i.e. those who looted but took no part in the violence.
I know a young woman, now a single parent, working all hours in a back breaking job to keep the home for her child and herself, despite having suffered serious and prolonged illness in the past. She worked and paid all she was asked for her council tax. One day she received a bill asking for £2000 extra and told she had underpaid the tax – due to a mistake in the calculations at the office. She told me, and I believe her though I have no verification , that a few days later, she was visited by a council ‘officer’ who insisted on going into every room and making an inventory of ALL her possessions and her young daughter was frightened. She was told if she didn’t pay the extra, her possessions would be taken etc. How many of the MPs who deliberately underpaid taxes, got that kind of treatment? None!
Several bankers’ actions deprived many people of their jobs and homes. The incomes of previously hardworking pensioners who had saved for their old age needs were dramatically cut when the interest disappeared overnight. Does anyone care? Has anything been done to alter this situation for them? No. That is covert stealing on a large scale – but stealing, none the less. Did these have a custodial sentence for theft? On the contrary, there was reward in massive bonuses, severance pay.
I was sickened when I saw the images on TV of the recent riots – mindless arson destroying homes and shops, scaring all the people who lived around. But, I remembered that I felt like that when I saw Baghdad bombed at the start of the Iraq war. I wept during those heinous and devastating bombing attack as I thought of the innocent mothers and children in fear. Our government, at present, spends millions each month sending fighting facilities – bombs to Libya and soldiers and bombs to Afghanistan, where buildings are set alight and innocent people killed. Similar, but on a much bigger scale. Do these politicians answer in court for their actions? No.
What is different? The first was organised by groups of thugs and weaker youths were collected on the way. The latter was organised governments. So, does that make one action more or less acceptable that the other? In my opinion, there is little difference, just different perspectives, reactions and degree. All are wrong with harm and hurt as the result.
Whatever spurious reasons are given for the process, these actions only make terrorists and fanatics more, not less, determined to destroy. The government should spend those millions on our own people and give a better personal example at home. Cutbacks? They seem to find money for what they want but not for what is needed. Hypocrisy is blatant and derisory.
With social networking communications and TV, there is no hiding place and the general population is not stupid - as those in authority seem to think. They would, of course deny this, but actions speak louder than words. Even those who reject their educatation and those who are disaffected can tell when a system is unfair/corrupt/blinkered. The youngsters then become vulnerable in their beliefs to those with evil intent and so fodder for the criminals. No amount of rhetoric, learned in the debating halls of Eton or at University, can counteract the deep sickness of greed and power which is affecting the rulers and then the ruled – and I deliberately put it in that order..
The great divide, one law for one and a different one for another depending on power or wealth, will not cease until everyone faces the same kind of justice for their actions, no matter what their position in society or their wealth. But, in the world as we know it, that will never happen. Power is power. Money speaks. Something has to change and man is incapable of and unwilling for that change unless something quite different happens.
Human civilization now needs spiritual help. By spiritual I do not mean from the different religions, whose beliefs fuel most of the wars, create the fanatics, pretend to promote ‘peace’ but increase intolerance in many places in the world. I do NOT mean someone standing on a platform saying he or she is a ‘spiritual ruler’ telling people what to do or how to do it, what to think and what to believe.
No, I believe that a ‘reap what you sow’ system, triggered and monitored from a spiritual level, must come to all, before a change takes place. From years of work as a psychiatrist, I know that every action a person does to deliberately hurt another or has performed against them, causing pain or fear, is stored in the person’s memory deep with in their mind. It may not be accessible to the conscious mind and so people would deny this, but it is there, just the same. I also know, from a different source, that any behaviour which causes extreme distress or pain to another, of whatever age and be it physical, emotional or mental, is known to the spirit world.
Only when everyone has to answer, automatically, no ‘yes - buts’, denial, or ‘it doesn’t mean us’ for their actions and receive back any pain they cause, will all members of society care about their actions and only then would true justice prevail and behaviour gradually alter. Those who hurt others are basically cowards – they will stop their behaviour once they automatically feel the pain they give out! (see my article ‘A Brilliant Solution – part 1 and part 2 – on www.dracoatesworth.co.uk )
All people will stand or fall by their own actions, with no mercy or forgiveness to help them and with no jury or judge being necessary to decide what is true or false, or to declare a sentence.
I know this, but I cannot know when this will start to happen. My prediction will come true when the situation in the world is ‘as bad as it allowed to become’, i.e. until people want to learn, listen, understand and wish for change. When the others, who continue to give pain deliberately to others, start feeling that pain, I, for one, will have no sympathy.