Throughout the media today was touted, “debate on gun control continues on 1 month anniversary of Newtown tragedy.”
Whichever side you are on in regards to gun control, there is a question that demands attention. “To be or not to be” gun controlled, that is the question. But, is that THE question?
Lawmakers and much of society is quick to jump on the bandwagon, demanding more gun control laws. Is that really the only consideration to this situation?
I believe something else deserves even greater contemplation and deliberation to keep these events from happening. Fortunately, there are still many people who practice this philosophy, despite society’s abhorrence for allowing ethics and morality to be a part of life.
Imagine a world where people treated each other respectfully, where everyone’s opinion mattered, and all were encouraged to do their best, to learn and to grow, and to develop a good character. What would life be like in such a world? How would people settle their differences? How would they seek attention when they needed help, a listening ear, or a sounding board? How would children be treated in such a world? Would they be welcomed as priceless treasures? How would neighbors act toward each other? Would they chip in and help when their neighbor was ill, out of work, lonely and sad? Would people be regarded as being of worth?
And what about those who chose to cheat, lie, steal, etc? Would there be very many people who acted that way? If they were taught all their lives to rise above these temptations, that they were of infinite worth because they are children of God, that all people are children of God and deserve to be treated with kindness and consideration, what would their lives be like?
What if lawmakers and society decided to reinstate these values? They could encourage churches to help give guidance and support, authorize schools to teach true diversity, and allow parents to instill ethical behavior. What type of people would this produce?
I say it would give us a community that is safe, supportive, friendly, calm, and peaceful. Unrealistic?
What are the outcomes of the choices society today has made?