And I’m not talkin’ Alfred Hitchcock or Stephen King murder, mayhem, and madness.
I’m talkin’ real stuff. With real people (and I use that term loosely) doing real bad stuff to other people. Yeah, that kind of murder, mayhem, and madness.
I read an article, from last week, that talked about it. An adjunct professor from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (I’m sure they know less than they think they do) said homicides and shootings are already ahead of last year’s pace. And the professor also said the problems seem to be mostly in cities.
What?! Can that be? With all the politicians, Hollywood celebrities, and sports “stars” sharing messages about putting differences aside, how can that be? I’m baffled.
Even though the professor, who’s also a former sergeant for the NYPD, said summer months bring out more crime because there are more people out there.
Oh, I see. If you let people go outside, the heat will cause them to do some bad things.
He even said that since the pandemic is ending people will want to get out and do stuff. And he thinks that’s “just a cocktail for disaster to some.”
Wow, I remember some mighty hot summers in the South and Midwest where I grew up. But people didn’t tend to blame crime on the weather back then. I guess they just didn’t know better, yet.
But I got news for you.
Weather ain’t the problem.
When you read stats on a website that say 369 people were shot in the past 72 hours, your first thought shouldn’t be to check out the week’s forecast on your weather app.
And when you read about how New York City’s murder rate increased by 350% compared to the same time frame last year, it’s not time to buy more sunscreen.
And when you discover there’s a website that archives what they call “gun violence,” don’t schedule an appointment with your air conditioner technician.
Weather ain’t the problem.
No, you can cite stats and quotes and hypotheses till the cows come home. And you still won’t be a nanometer closer to the cause of all the murder, mayhem, and madness.
Most (if not all) adjunct professors (and professors of most colors, creeds, and characters) are clueless when it comes to Why. So, the best (if you can call it that) they can postulate are solutions like more jail time and more analysis…both psycho and data.
Or worse, they play the blame game. But they blame intangibles like lawlessness. Or social disadvantages. And even “increased perception of police illegitimacy.”
But if you’re gonna blame anything, blame sin. Or more to the point…sinners. People who don’t care that we humans are created in the image and likeness of God. People who couldn’t care less that every single one of us comes from the same race. And the same two original humans.
Yeah, when you raise kids to believe they just evolved from animals, you get kids who act like animals. Duh! And animals kill and eat other animals. But they do it merely to survive.Â Not because they derive some sick pleasure from seeing the other animal die.Â That’s evil reserved only for the human “animals.”
I know I’m on a rant.
But, as you know (if you’ve followed me for a while), I’m an optimist. And I don’t like to leave you with negative thoughts. So, I’ll just leave you with a suggestion your Creator inspired the Apostle Paul to write.
“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
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