Oh no Arella, please don't think I was talking about you specifically - I am talking about us a society. I know you, Arella, and I know your heart is good. We've talked many times.
No No, our society
is currently sitting on a moral high horse and livid, spitting mad and wanting to bring this to a stop - as I reckoned, vigilantism came into force last night as 3 young men tried to protect their neighbourhood. If the reports are correct, he was mown down by a car and all 3 young folk murdered by someone who I believe should be locked up and throw away the key, right now. His father spoke today. It's is utterly soul destroying.
I am on my moral high horse but I have never lived their lives, and I won't excuse it or their behaviour - my life doesn't even come close to how these folk live and I don't think it ever would - but I do know how this is happening - and we have to figure out what we can do.
Telling them "it's just plain wrong" and "they should know better" (not quoting anyone in particular
, many of us have said this over the past few days) - well, that's because that is how we live within our moral compass - but they don't... they don't have the same values, they have little hope. I know this for fact - but I do not live like that.
We have to try and stop this from re-occuring. Somehow. We can't just lock them up and throw away the key (well, maybe with the murdering gIt) - we have to get the communities together to ensure there is a way forward. We don't have the resources to lock 'em all up - how do we possibly have the resources to get "community service" in force. There are not enough coffers as it is. Our probabtion service have thousands to enforce the orders meted out. I don't know how they will do this.
Condemnation, yes, we are all (most) condemning this - our lives are so different.
This is not just in the UK - this is worldwide.
People can come from nothing, have nothing, make their way, maybe some mistakes, they can change and they can become successful.
Not all can tho.
Please believe me Arella, I was not referring to you as an individual, nor Aidan when I was writing to her. I know what you have been through. I know what I and mine have been through.
I am not lowering my morals or tolerance.
I am trying to seek a way forward. Any ideas have got to be better than "no ideas". This is my country - I do wish for better for these people. I condemn their actions. It does disgust me - I have been consistent throughout about this.
I have been getting my 14 year old to watch the news so that he can understand more and he is horrified also. It's a start. Hopefully, as I say, the neighbours/friends/family of those named and shamed MAY, just MAY think a little more before they act and react. MAYBE the communities will try and find more of way forward than this government can - hopefully, by registering the rights and wrongs of these hooligans behaviour.
I think there is little hope for many of these hardened gangs tho.
Consequences need to have meaning now. Locking them up for a bit, then sending them back on the streets - well, now they have a criminal record so getting a job is going to be even harder for them - and so it starts again. They are throwing their future away - they don't care right now, they don't believe they have a future - this has been widely dicussed on the BBC today.
Some/many of them I do believe will regret being in the mob as they mature.
Reflection. A wonderful hindsight. It won't change the past. Now the government and the UK has to attempt to turn this around.
Do you understand what I am obviously badly attempting to explain?
edited as I went along - sorry