To every man there openeth
A way, and ways, and a way.
And the high soul climbs the high way,
And the low soul gropes the low.
And in between on the misty flats
The rest drift to and fro,
But to every man there openeth
A high way and a low-
And every man decideth the way his soul shall go.
There are two main ways to transform the offenders in society. One is to change with love and acceptance while the other way is to transform him/her with hate and condemnation to inflict maximum damage to his/her self-esteem so as to induce self-condemnation.
Actually the two ways are the opposite ends of the spectrum. The aim is the same -to change the offenders so that they will not repeat their offensive behaviors. Our goal is the same but the means are diametrically-opposite. Let’s explore to see which is the more effective and humane way.
My way by writing this blog is to change the offenders by awakening in them the unconditional love of God. This is one of the few ways that the offenders recover a sense of their self-worth when they realize that God loves them very much without any condition. Anyone who has suffered a significant amount of wounded self-esteem and toxic shame has also been inflicted with a terrible amount of `soul-murder’ ( with their spirituality almost non-existent). When an offender is in that state of mind, he/she is very vulnerable to compulsive disorders. When one commits negative or violent acts in reaction to the negative stimulii in the form of gossips or cold stares, that is dangerous to society. The offender is liable to continue to repeat those anti-social acts secretly as a form of revenge or hate against the society. This is the main reason why criminals continue their crimes even when released from prison. They feel that it is no point changing because they perceive that they have been perpetually condemned by society. They have been labelled and socially marginalised. Have you ever been socially marginalised in this way? Will you change if you perceive that the mob-lynching has been grossly unfair without sufficient valid grounds?
This is the reason why I launch this blog to help such victims see themselves differently- that they are are worthy of the love of God. When they realize that God loves them unconditionally, then they are capable of changing. Love is the mightiest force in the universe because God himself is love! I pray that during this Christmas season of love, all human beings should practise compassion and love towards one another by gossiping and judging less!
If anyone who has been pissed off by some of my confrontational postings, I offer him/her my sincere apologies. When we look at the same object from different perspectives, there is bound to be misunderstanding and misinterpretation. We are operating at the opposite ends of the same spectrum- trying to transform someone negative into a positive person who can contribute towards making this broken world a better place. If I can succeed in my way, this is the best Christmas for me!
Submitted by Philosaiki