Monday, July 21, 2008

Drop the knife but we'll keep our missiles, thanks

Another column in the Independent from me today; this one is about the psychology of brandishing weapons and knife crime.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Cookiemouse said...

Good piece. This is scary.

July 21, 2008 8:42 pm  
Blogger Anglonoel said...

Good article.

July 22, 2008 7:33 am  
Blogger LucyFishwife said...

Wherever there are politicians, there will always be a double standard. Good point though, it can't be made often enough...

July 22, 2008 1:25 pm  
Blogger Jonathan said...

It's certainly true that children learn how to live from the adults they are surrounded by. Often we teach them indirectly by our example to do the opposite of what we explicitly teach them to do in our pronouncements. That we then condemn them for not equalling the explicit standards that adult themselvs flout, is as underving of their respect as is the lack of respect they show to these standards.

Believe it or not but young people actually want to learn from adults whom they can admire and who can teach them boundaries and grant them a vision of what life is, and what it is for, namely, creativity, understanding, peace and love.

The 'right' is correct in attributing the cause of youth anarchy to our general nihilistic cultural-spiritual implosion. That the right is unjustified in its cruel and hypocritical stance towards kids who are not being guided in life does not, i believe, negate this essential fact.

Wisdom from the 'right', compassion from the 'left' might come close to my approach i suppose.

But it is time for us to move beyond inhibiting polarities of 'left' and 'right'- French revolutionary terms, I believe, highly out of date, i would have thought?

Or is Politics indeed only about parties wanting to achieve and mantian power as our cynics maintain?

Hope the weather is good in blighty.

July 22, 2008 8:44 pm  
Blogger Nicey said...

Good work, it makes good reading and raises some valid points

July 24, 2008 10:51 am  
Blogger Ian Appleby said...

Well said. It's worth noting that not only political rhetoric tries to suggest violence is justified under some circumstances, it's an idea implicit in so much cultural output. Should it really be surprising when people apply it to their own set of circumstances?

August 01, 2008 2:47 am  
Blogger STAG said...

Weapons are power.
Power without control is ugly.

Chivalry....

Oh never mind....

I'm farting against the wind here.

September 29, 2008 3:50 am  

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