By Braddah Lance
Well not to drag this out any further but in trying to answer some Kwonics and Lanceformers asking my mana'o in the last post, "what I think the root problem is and what I think and would do" just wouldn't fit in the normal response box.
You wanna know what I tink? The root I truly believe is actually two-part. The first is punishment. It seems like punishment for any crime - no matter the severity - is a joke. Consequenses are not even a second, third or fourth thought on a "wrong-do'ers" mind and in my opinion the punishment rarely fits the crime.
Let's be real. Authority figures are no longer feared nor respected either and there are just too many "punks" that think they above the law...or at least think they can get away with it which puts people such as HPD officers in harms way at times.
Wassap Wit Dat?
I'll say this, besides the police, I fear only three other people in my life: my dad, my mom and my wife.
And therein lies the second part - people in your life. My parents were pretty strict and I was brought up to respect people, be humble, help others and work your okole off. I neva like get lickins so I neva press my luck...most of the time.
I've been blessed too by the fact that I've had teachers, coaches but most importantly friends that care about me as much as I care about them. The biggest bonus too was that no matter what, everyone's parents was our parents. We respected them as they were our own and they treated each of us as their own too.
My point is that the people around us help shape our lives so if you hang around punks, you're going to act like a punk and vice versa. You hear that you should "surround yourself with good people" and I believe that is so true.
I not perfect - nor do I claim to be - but I do try to live up to the code that my parents and all those that helped shape my life to be. For everyone that has chosen a different path I wonder if they may or may not of had influental people in their lives, no one to help guide them or push them to do the right thing. Maybe the only influence for misguided people were people that constantly made bad decisions.
So what solutions do I have? The biggest one I can think of just get involved. Volunteering is a big commitment but there are other things too that doesn't involve an entire community. What about being a role model for your son/daughter? Or being that "favorite" uncle/aunt that's always there? How's about just being the cousin, nephew, niece that you can hang out with?
No matter what, if the consequences of anything aren't enough to scare you, you'll have more and more people pushing the envelope and not caring what happens to themselves or others. If you don't have people helping you or just being there for you in your life, it'll be a hard road to travel when times get tough.
Laws can change with just a flick of a pen, people will change only when the pasture is green enough.