-by Bill Watkins 5/23/2017
In Alcoholics Anonymous I heard the term HALT for the first time, referring to “Hungry Angry Lonely Tired,” as in: beware not to get bogged down by those feelings. To do so, would be to risk a relapse into alcohol consumption.
It is my opinion that all crime, no matter how law enforcement labels it, comes from five sources: the four in HALT, and the devil himself.
Crime that hurts people, is not a rational thing usually, so cannot be explained or fought with rational tools.
A bomb goes off and people die. A tragedy happens, and the many stages of grief and loss begin, one of them being anger. With that anger, a desire for revenge for many.
Revenge is also an irrational response, and does not rationally stop the behavior that created the anger that leads to revenge.
The big missing buzz word so far is love. Love is the irrational response to all matters good and bad—hard to give when faced with bad, like crime, but of endless value. Forgiveness is love’s proud and proper neighbor, ready to enhance and spread like misnamed “terrorism.”
Crime is crime. Call it “terror.” Call it an unfortunate response to Hunger, Anger, Loneliness and/or fatigue. The devil spinning evil, like a hurricane hitting the southeast of America, a bad storm—a necessary flip of the coin, yin to yang, the opposite of goodness, love and peace.
Lao Tzu said “we cannot change the world. It cannot be done,” and I agree, but… It is ours to try.
Let’s try with love not hate, with forgiveness not revenge, with hugs not bombs.