Another police officer was killed on Wednesday; this time in Omaha. The killing of police officers seems to be the latest sport of choice for those who have chosen a life of violence over a life of productivity. It does no good to talk about the race of those who are killed, nor the ones who do the killing. It has nothing to do with the color of one’s skin, but has everything to do with the content of their character. Those who murder, steal and lie their way through life can come up with a million excuses to try to absolve their behavior, but they cannot produce one good reason. They have chosen to live their lives in violence and crime; they could have chosen differently.
There is a strain of ignorance among these people who prefer to act like feral animals rather than civilized men and women. That ignorance is propagated in the victim mentality that the liberal/socialist agenda pushes into impoverished communities all over America. The result of that ignorance is hatred, and that leads to violence. Hucksters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson agitate the masses with even more ignorance and the resulting hatred stirs up more and more violence. Then our current president and his minions leech their way into the situation and make it even worse by endorsing the ignorance that leads to the violence. It is a vicious cycle, indeed.
Why is ignorance the root of this problem? Simple: Because an informed citizenry is free, while an uninformed citizenry lives in oppression. As long as the liberal/socialist agenda keeps pushing these people to believe they are victims and that the rest of us, somehow, owe them, the violence will continue. The current situation in the United States of America is a horrendous. People rising up and rioting out of nothing but pure hatred for another race, gender, generation or whatever, is a tyrant’s dream come true. It is when the citizens come to their senses, take responsibility for their own actions and rise up against those who cause the hatred and violence that the tyrant’s dream becomes a nightmare.
If ignorance is the root of the violent choices these people make, then lack of self-value is the stem that sprouts up from it. Self-value is something that people get from knowing the meaning of family, hard work, dignity, manners and good morals. Without these elements in life, the value one places on self is very low. Again, it is a choice that gets made. We are each responsible for our own actions and reactions! If one chooses to live life according to the Golden Rule – Do to others as you would have them do to you (see Matthew 7:12) – proper value is placed upon self. When one chooses to treat others the way they want to be treated, a life of violence is no longer the choice. If one chooses to show respect, good manners, modesty and good morals then they choose to live a life of dignity rather than a life of wickedness. Letting go of the ignorance and embracing self-value leads a person to make good choices in life.
The root of the violence is ignorance; the stem that shoots up is lack of self-value, and the flower that blossoms is death. Sadly, people who choose to live their lives in the depravity of an immoral, crime-filled existence never really live; they just exist to spew their hatred. Thugs who riot when they don’t get their way are too ignorant to understand that their violence does no good for anybody. They pillage their own communities and put their own families and neighbors out of business, for what? They shoot at police officers who are doing their best to keep communities safe for no reason other than hate. They hate their community leaders. They hate their teachers. They hate business owners. They hate the police. They hate their neighbors. They hate their families. And, they hate themselves. All of the hatred you see when you watch the mayhem on the television is pure ignorance! Ignorance of the fact that they are being used by politicians who don’t care about their lives, they just want to have power over them. Ignorance of the fact that the media sees them as participants in some sort of perverted sporting event. And, they are ignorant of the fact that they have made the wrong choices in life.
How do we eradicate this dreadful cycle? It begins in the heart of the individual. Until people understand that they are only destroying themselves with their feral behavior, we are going to have trouble. Until men decide to be fathers rather than just sperm donors; until women choose to love their children more than their welfare check; until families are built to be strong and supportive; until people become aware of the fact that hard work is satisfying and until people choose to accept that government is not the answer to their problems there will be senseless violence. Ignorance that leads to a life of violence is a choice. Knowledge that leads to a life of prosperity is also a choice. Building good character is a choice. Self-value, self-discipline, self-control and self-respect are all a choice. The solution is there, but it must be understood and accepted, otherwise, the violence will go on, and people who have chosen to live in it, will have lived their lives in vain.