In a world where modern society promises us freewill without the burden of religion I begin to wonder where we draw our moral boundaries. The law is fundamental in enforcing public order but when we have our own minds to shelter in what do we consider the dividing line between free thought and a need to have responsibility for them.
My own internal thinking has a strong moral focus including the right for anyone to self determination. Having only our thoughts as a possible shelter from observation leads me to assume that those with a propensity for malicious or evil thoughts are sustained in their normality by their own moral compass and that of those around them.
What happens when someone with such a propensity builds a collective reality around their actions and desires? The Internet is a truly free information resource and those that want validation for their own desires can find them on the dark corner of the net.
War is created, sustained and perpetuated through a consensus reality and is the eventual end point for civil disobedience. Given enough momentum and a cohesive consensus reality social networks can quickly deteriorate if difficult issues are validated.
I would hypothesize that after an act of true evil people may abandon any hope of living in civil society. With the weight of their crime on their own shoulders they can either live in shame or begin to chase the rush of excitement and fear.
Criminal organizations spring up when peers find each other and share their consensus reality and build cohesive bridges between their experiences.
It’s always preferable to change unjust laws to breaking them. While I would always propose political organizing over criminal organizing most people are resigned to the fact that if they are on the wrong side of the law they have a need to go underground.
A prior experience of crime can often perpetuate it especially if the sentence is of a severity where people loose hope of ever going through the prison reform system.
People crave validation and some criminals probably wish for the day they can go to prison. Given the chance to validate their own shame they may end up relying on the process to make sense of their actions.
Like all addictions crime can become a coping mechanism based on validation and self destruction. Self determination allows us to always listen to our moral compass and act on it’s guidance. Those that have lost faith in themselves may end up disregarding it to punish others to punish themselves.
How can a society ever pardon a criminal when the crime isn’t prosecuted. Some people blame themselves for actions that were taken in haste or confusion. They may never be able to make sense of their behavior if no one ever questions their actions.
I believe some people punish themselves while others dispense with their morals. Both need validation from a consensus reality which is able to make sense of those actions. The concern with a free Internet is that you can get validation for almost any kind of behavior if you are willing to seek it out.
Often those that try to live by their moral compass may be shocked to find out what really lies below the surface of civil society. If you are willing to look for it you can see a propensity for almost any crime in your own community.
We chose to trust in the good nature of people and forget that evil doesn’t want to speak it’s name. Forgiveness doesn’t come easily in a modern society.
How do we ever decide whether a person has paid for their crimes? Some people self destruct others become stubborn and for others perhaps both.
Making sense of trauma includes the trauma of ever having committed a crime. I believe humans have an inherent moral compass regardless of religion or the law and they have to live with the consequences of it’s guidance
The priority for healing trauma is always with the victim first and perhaps an underfunded prison service can do nothing more than reinforce shame and stubbornness.
When people loose their sense of self through the chaos of reality they loose the chance to embrace self determination. They become resigned to their fate because it’s the punishment they choose for themselves.
Humans are often our own worst enemy. The choice seems to be whether we take out our issues on ourselves or on others. Given a moral dilemma we should draw comfort from being free and welcome that guiding voice that helps us draw the lines between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
Turning over a new leaf is not about ignoring your past it is about embracing the present. In our harts we know our guide. Whether we choose to let the past dictate our lives rather than living in the present is a choice we have to make. We can’t forget our trauma but can chose to deal with the present moment.
If you ever find yourself perpetuating trauma from the past you may realize that you haven’t affected change in your life. Change allows us to put aside the things that re-traumatize us. Whether those things are coping mechanisms like addictions or the very thoughts and actions that create our moral imbalance is irrelevant. What we really need is to be aware of our historical context and our present situation.
Awareness is enough to define trauma as an intrinsic part of our moral compass not something to be ashamed of. Crime requires guilt but how we use that guilt can help us to make sense of the world.