To quote Syliva Kryz from Hit and Run, “Hate begets hate, vengeance only leads to vengeance, violence feeds on itself. Only love can stop the endless cycle. Only love can turn hate into love.”
A rule of the universe is, you get back what you send out. The standard approach to combating crime is “zero tolerance,” punishment, harsh treatment of offenders. Guess what, the standard response is more crime, zero effect, the hardening of criminals.
Another approach has worked on a national basis for the past 12 years, and is a spectacular success. If you treat youngsters likely to become criminals with decency, support, tolerance, they grow into decent adults. Please read this remarkable account of what has been happening in Ecuador. Instead of treating gangs as hotbeds of crime, they were “legalised,” treated with respect — and they have reinvented themselves.
Let us apply this logic to other areas. How about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What would happen in that terribly traumatised part of the world if those in power (the Israeli government in this case) legalised the right to be a Palestinian?
What if Hindu and Muslim in Kashmir treated each other with mutual respect and care?
What if Hungary’s government stopped looking at desperate people escaping hell as resources instead of invaders?
The source of this graphic is well worth visiting.