The whole situation in London at the moment is so sad! It makes me really angry at the sense of entitlement that some of these people show. The lack of respect and consideration is just disgusting. I really don’t know is it just “jumping on the bandwagon” or due to the “pack mentality” as the press is suggesting or is that just a small part of it.
If there is no absolute moral standard, then one cannot say in a final sense that anything is right or wrong. By absolute we mean that which always applies, that which provides a final or ultimate standard. There must be an absolute if there are to be morals, and there must be an absolute if there are to be real values. If there is no absolute beyond man’s ideas, then there is no final appeal to judge between individuals and groups whose moral judgements conflict. We are merely left with conflicting opinions. Francis Schaeffer
Surely there has to be an underlying problem of lack of respect and moral values. Above all I think the parents are to blame. There needs to be some accountability! Surely if you have a child you need to protect that child, and doesn’t that include knowing where they are and what they are doing. I was always taught “you live under my roof you live by my rules”. Is that not still a valid point? Ok so it didn’t always work for me – I still managed to sneak out and do things I shouldn’t do (not vandalising or robbing stores, more hitch hiking to parties etc!).
If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weeds. ~~Luther Burbank~~
But where are the consequences – is it up to the state to discipline our children or should it start at home… I know my answer. And NO my children are not angels but I hope that I will teach them right from wrong and that their actions have consequences.
So what is the answer?
I don’t know. Is it to “make them feel the full force of the law”? or is it to “love them with leniency”? I think it needs to be parts of both of these. Yes they should be punished but they should also be able to spoken to in love. To find out what has caused this generation to be so angry and violent.
I know I’m waffling! I haven’t got the answers hopefully someone smarter than me in government will and will “solve” this problem.
I do however have to say that the community spirit that has been shown in the clean up shows the real spirit of London. Lets focus on the good that has been shown and let that shine out and win the day rather than the thugs who tore up London.
All I or we can do is keep praying and hoping for another quiet night on London’s streets tonight and across the UK!