Crime is a side effect of imprisonment, an alternative to our incarceration in the
On Eagles Wings’ form of a bondage of mental illness or physical impairment limiting our reach or a prison cell sized realm of safety and security of being the victim of circumstance or environment.
The crimes differ in intensity and government enforcement but robbing a victim of something all the same. Life casts us in roles that we feel we cannot escape. But that feeling is wrong, we can escape, if we know what it is we’re running from and have proper guidance in which road will deliver us the right way from it.
I do not think that all who choose wrong roads do so intentionally; but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road.
“A [mathematical] sum [incorrectly worked] can be put right; but only by going back till you find the error and then working it fresh from that point. [It will] never [be corrected] by simply going on. Evil can be undone, but it cannot “develop” into good, [worlds without end]. Time does not heal it. The spell must be unwound. [C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce (New York: Macmillan Co., 1973), p. 6]
Time does not heal or punish it into learned behavior; societies current process of waiting until judgement, punishment of waiting after judgement, and then resubmission into society expecting the time spent waiting to have absolved a man completely of afflictions is absurd. Time does change people; Please don’t confuse what I took from that passage with a person’s ability to change. It takes a lot of time to understand the need for change in order to implement the desire. Then more allowed time to for the implementation to become habits and even more time after that for the habits to transform into a changed behavior. Then throughout the rest of time spent sharpening the skills that keep the behavior from becoming a bad habit. But the belief that time spent waiting with not ability to take any action as a way to facilitate change, forces everyone to pray things “develop” into good.
As heard throughout the scriptures, but Alma 42 is coming the nearest to mind, it is shown that while God is our greatest, perfect judge, he is also merciful. And his mercies lie within those truly penitent.
If the highest of our judges, perfect procedural process, displays mercy before punitive punishment– why have we failed to implement our own form under our government and our Constitution?
I have a very good feeling that we were supposed to and that this belief was the basis on which our judicial system was founded.
The definition of Penitent is:
1. feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong; repentant. 2. a person who repents their sins or wrongdoings and (in the Christian Church) seeks
forgiveness from God.
Add i-a-r-y to the end of the word.
This is not a place that we are meant to be placed to be punished – it is a place we were meant to go to find faith and find our own humanity; Society was not supposed to put restrictions or judgements around how a person does that.
For that person striving to live righteously, this mortal existence is already a difficult, testing time. Even the most faithful are plagued with the temptations of a world that appears to have lost itself. The challenge to live in the world but not of the world is a constant, daily struggle for each person on it.
Those who stumble the most within that challenge, those who fail so frequently to think and do that which is right is not evidence against righteous living.
We do not falter in the path of righteousness simply because we do nothing else, but because too often we lose the uprightness and confidence in our relationship with God.
“The incessant din and cackling ado of this turbulent life drown out the message which asserts that, as man is, God once was and that, as God is, man may become. If we will not dance to the music of materialism and hedonism but will remain attuned to the voice of godly reason, we will be led to the green pastures of respite and the still waters of spiritual refreshment. All the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune this world can hurl against us are as nothing when compared to the rewards for steadfastness and faithfulness. It would behoove us all to fix our sights more consistently upon the things which are everlasting and eternal. This world is not our home.”
Those are lines from the valedictory address at the Utah state prison, May 23, 1974 given by an inmate who had spent half his life there.
We have missed the message as humans. And even if you don’t believe in God or his place in our society – we have to believe in each other and the message is one I am giving you without religious contract.
If we can repent of our sins and be charitable with the afflictions of others, if we can take courage toward our circumstances and want to do something about them—there is a power in that we can harness. A power in the form of God or whomever it is you hold yourself accountable too, that we as a collected can, in spiritual terms and maybe the ones of our founding fathers, be born on eagles wings.
“Trust in what’s to come and have your strength renewed that you may be borne as on the wings of eagles, that you may run and not be weary, that you may walk and not faint. May you so run on the right road and even if you must be reminded to be there again, we can continue to be born free as on the wings of eagles.”
That’s my interpretation based on a inferences of works from many great men but the interpretation the majority has taken differs quite a bit. We have created an approach that is not reformative but only punitive and civilizations can and will not grow from punitive action.
While I see the point made of unfairness to the majority in having to go back to find and right the error of a few, I can also see how close we are, if we’re not there already, to the switch in who that majority is and the error made by the few becoming the first time we didn’t go back to change anything based on the grounds of unfairness.
There are stories of sticks that turned into serpents and water turned into blood, but that wasn’t enough. Then there were plagues—frogs and lice, hail and locusts—and that still wasn’t enough. Then There was darkness and then, unfortunately, death. Finally, that was enough.
That challenge remains here before us. Whether it’s on a scale of changing my personal current situation to the scale of changing the countries; At what point will we learn it’s okay to go back and to do things differently? I can’t change the view of the world overnight, but I have hit my enough.. when will you decide which point is yours?