I was listening to the radio this morning. Preston and Steve show (like a PG-13 Howard Stern show with some rock and roll involved). They do this thing called the “Bizarre File” where they discuss strange events that take place all around the world. MANY have to do with strange “crimes” committed by people. Today it turns out someone was arrested for indecent exposure because he was caught masturbating while biking.
Hey, here’s the article:
Wow, it really happened.
Being the nut I am, instead of thinking, “Ew, that’s gross,” or even, “HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO DO THAT?” I am thinking, “WHY would you call the POLICE and RUIN SOMEONE’S LIFE for something so stupid?”
A lot of people don’t realize that an arrest is a serious thing. Your life can be ruined if you’re not smart or able bodied enough to keep working when you can’t pass a background check or you’re not allowed to drive your car… or you’re in jail and have a family to support. Yeah, it’s terrible.
What can you do INSTEAD of picking up your SUPER SMART PHONE and with a little tap lay back on a bed of clouds and wait for the sirens to blare? You can go up to the man, even YELL to the man, “Hey, my kids are here, can you not do that? What’s wrong with you? Etc., etc.” Take matters into your own hands. You can even yell something like, “Go away. I am threatening to call the cops, which will ruin your life. Go home.” Just threaten it. Don’t DO it.
This is a little bit of a ridiculous story. I’m guessing the man was drunk or he has a mental issue. He could be autistic (I know quite a few lower functioning autistics that run the streets doing all sorts of weird things). But say someone made a legit stupid mistake — is a mistake worth ruining their life over. ”That’s the only way they’re going to learn though!” No. In fact, you might drive them into worse crimes and worse despotism than they may be already facing.
Think the Bishop and Valjean from Les Miserables:
If you’re not a fan, bear with me. Valjean made a mistake and/or did something bad. He stole the Bishop’s silver. Instead of letting Valjean get arrested, he allows this serve as a lesson. He could take back his silver at this point, he is able to — so it was his choice to give to Valjean after the police altercation — and then lo-and-behold, Valjean becomes “an honest man!”
Yes, I know we live in the “real world” and the question will come up, “Is there ever a time that I need to call the police?” Murderer? Rapist? Robber? What do you do? Well first, you can take some precautions. Arm yourself. Get home security. Stay away from crazy people. Since we don’t live in a philosophical utopia, if you’re attempting to deal with a serial killer or bomber yourself, you’re going to have a clash of principles and beliefs — not only from the villain, but finding help and support will be difficult. In fact, it’s most likely “illegal” to purposefully and forcibly try to stop these people. Yes, “illegal,” meaning you will get charged with the same thing the person is doing to begin with if you don’t comply with calling the police. It’s stories like this, for example, that scare us into obedience. Sounds like a mess that you wouldn’t want to get into, right? Much easier to let the police handle it… This is quite the Catch 22, so yes, it is best to AVOID these situations like the plague, but if they DO come up, think before you act on what would be the best approach to effective handling so you get the best outcome in the end.
Calling the police over every little thing is just the tip of the iceberg, but we can see because of how easily this slips from the tongue of our fellow humans — the damage has been done and this is now the norm. If we begin to shift all of our personal responsibility to the state, we will lose ourselves. We have already allowed them to take control of our property, businesses, personal, private matters, etc. in the name of security and that nice, floaty comfort of not having to think at all. What’s really happening is that we’re being robbed financially, morally, socially. Do you know why we all have social security numbers? Because that’s all we are to them. A number. Managed and filed. Nothing more, nothing less.
“To find yourself, think for yourself.” -Socrates