We’ve had a rise in home invasions/burglaries/robberies around town lately. The experts find ways to discuss the reasoning for the increase. Could it be the economy, the weather, the phase of the moon, school kids who are bored with nothing else to do, drug addicts looking for easy money to score their next fix? Could it be bad parenting, a lack of education, the current state of affairs in Washington, D.C. or something else?
I would venture to say it’s a combination of many things – not just one specific we can point to. You know we, as citizens, love to point to one thing because then we have something or someone to blame. I would suggest that rather than blaming someone else, whatever side of the aisle to find yourself on, we need to look at ourselves and claim a bit of the responsibility as well.
And recently one of the people I work with became the next victim as someone entered their house while they were gone and made a complete mess of their personal belongings. The invader left a laptop, but took the laptop bag so as not to draw attention to themselves; they left flat-screen TV’s and took costume jewelry. And they were fairly neat, except for the muddy footprints left behind – oh, and the hand prints on the window they opened to come in.
The basic issue is not about education – better educated people were involved in the Enron scandal several years ago. It’s not about the current mess in our nation’s capital, nor our state’s capital – though we’ve watched as some of them have gone down in flames as well. No, at the core is the basic lack of a set of morals.
We like to talk about “Character Counts” in our public schools, and yet if it is nothing more than just another program to tack on to the school day, it accomplishes very little. We need a return to people not needing a program to teach them or our children how to have character. We need people across the board – white collar, blue collar; rich, poor and in the shrinking middle; men and women, boy and girls to stand up and say, “Enough is enough!”
The children of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” sang, “All we are is just another brick in the wall!” And I’m sure some of our kids feel just like that. So I’m encouraging you to get involved with our next generations. Sit down and talk with them NOT just at them. Invest yourself in them. Choose to make a difference and we just might see this stuff begin to turn around.
Even if not now, you’ve made an investment that will pay great rewards later.
Let me know your thoughts.