Unless you KNOW someones complete past history - how can you judge them? We do. I do.
Do you know what led someone to becoming a drug addict? I use to assume it was a choice. Ha. I've since learned (for only one example) many young KIDS become addicted to opiates due to sports injuries - did they have criminal intent? Did they think they would become drug addicts? Did their parents?
How about a person who steals?
Norm & I did steal, many years ago, a case of baby food (times were tuff) I asked for forgiveness & then made sure we donated food to the food bank, for over a decade, LOTS - from our halloween events. I'm good with God about it. Am I ashamed about it, NOPE.
We did what we needed to do at the time - until the next paycheque.
What makes someone a criminal? Sadly, many will have to make some choices soon along those criminal lines. No work, Covid lingers (because don't get it and don't wear a mask out in public places) bills don't stop.
What will push someone over the edge? A hungry child will, I guarentee it.
Are they criminals for wanting to feed their family or just trying to survive?
Those who harm, hurt or steal from individuals - just take to take or prosper - are criminals and they will be dealt with sooner or later. I've stopped thinking of any addict as a criminal or SICK. Sick are the powers that be and decide to jail people who are sick. The jail is FULL of sick people, mostly men who have struggled their entire lives- most abused their entire lives. In Canada, mostly indegenous, black & poor are in jail.
Alcoholics, men & women - tossed in jail when drunk. Yet booze (poison in a bottle) is readily available in corner stores. In some communities - more easily available and cheaper than food. We all have a vice', some it's food - just look at obesity rates- are you going to tell me it's not an addiction - a drug for millions? Alcohol, pills, cannabis, shopping.. cats. The things that keep us gong are wider than I realized. What is your addiction - what do you feel you could not live without and must get more of? For some the answer will be Food. Not as an addiction but necessity.
I don't think anyone would choose crime if we ALL had the necessities in life. Food, Water & shelter. Many right now are living in FEAR of being evicted, feeding their kids and paying their bills... many right now are still dying- from cancer. Countless are suffering mentally, financially and physically - when they steal to survive - to feed their kids, keep the house warm this winter - will you call them a criminal & judge them.. or will you TRY to help - simply by not judging.
So be honest- what or who controls your cortex?
Drugs? Booze? Food? Sex? Pills? Porn? Cats? Plants?
You are what you think about.
I think, I'll go create something BEAUTIFUL.
Next.. something beautiful ;) hee hee
& being grounded - in more ways than one.
with THC & TLC