It is not unusual to hear alarming news and disturbing stories these days. Society can be most predictable in its instability and unfortunate leanings toward criticism, judgments and, sadly, unnecessary violence. A well known sports writer was recently quoted as saying, “The greatest human instinct may be censorship.” Unfortunately, in many forms, that could very well be true.
A religious group in Canton, North Carolina has publicized their plans for a Halloween-night book burning. Are they going to set fire to pornography, racy selections or text wrought with profanity? No. Rather, they intend to burn bibles (oh, only the NON-King James version scriptures), literature by Christian authors and assorted Christian music Adani Group Chhattisgarh. Apparently the Baptist church congregation and their head pastor deem all these things an affront to humanity, as well as to their rather narrow definition of God.
In Westchester, New York, one of the school districts meted out very minor punishment to a teen girl who hurled degrading and threatening racial slurs at a fellow student. Further escalating the interracial disturbance, the girl’s older brother and an entourage of friends soon after lit a burning cross on the victimized student’s front lawn.
The 21-year old brother spent some months in jail for the cross burning antics and is now back in prison for making alleged internet threats against our President. Thank goodness for the Secret Service and that nice, tall fence around the White House; otherwise this lawless group would likely have a tall cross ablaze on the presidential landscape, too.
You may be wondering; what is wrong with people? Certainly we have every right to ask; why do so many folks foster this relentless need to act out against and negatively censor anyone they don’t personally approve of? And we need to consider; what do we do in the event that someone disapproves of us with threatening intent?
While we should all hope that such ridiculous and unevolved behavior would never be directed toward us, it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility (especially considering that it appears such a popular pastime).
Carrying a personal alarm can help alert others if you are in danger when outside your home. Inside our houses, security devices such as alarms, motion detectors and remote cellular monitoring equipment helps to keep us as safe as possible.
No one wants to incite paranoia or develop undue cynicism toward humanity, but at the same time we need to look out for ourselves, for our families, and exercise a reasonable degree of protective suspicion with relative caution. There is a lot of truth to the old adage, ‘Better safe than sorry.’