What Goes Around Comes Around
We in the Private Investigation industry are in the business of providing information so that others can render solutions. But as a follow-up to my last article entitled “Conducting Ethical Investigations in a World Seemingly without Ethics” I would like to provide a solution.
Years ago while attending Graduate School at The Ohio State University I submitted a term paper entitled “Some thoughts on the causes of crime and delinquency” that was later published in the State FOP Magazine then known as the Ohio Police”.
A Chinese study I referred to in that article was the results of a program that ended crime in the Province of Lu. The study read as follows:
“I have made a study of our prisons and I discovered that almost all the prisoners are poor, or children of the poor. I have also discovered that almost all the prisoners are ignorant or children of the ignorant. It therefore seems that poverty and ignorance make people commit our laws and commit crimes. If we could do away with poverty and ignorance then we would have no more crime in our land.”
The question was raised as to how would one do away with poverty and ignorance?
“The way to do away with ignorance is through education. If we educate all the people, then we do away with ignorance. We can do away with poverty by teaching the people useful trades and occupations so that they can earn and honest living.”
When asked by the community leaders how do we bring about this change the answer was:
“You are their leaders, it is your duty to be good and honest. People need leaders who they can follow. If the leaders are corrupt the people will also be corrupt. But if the leaders were good, the people will follow their example and also be good.”
The above was written by Confucius in 550 BC when he was the Minister of Crime in the Province of Lu in China. After two years of the above program being implemented the prisons were empty.
Recently in my home city of Columbus, Ohio and similarly as in Atlanta, GA. School administrators to include principals and teachers were criminally indicted for changing student’s grades from failing to passing as well as absences to presents in order to obtain pay bonuses; thusly dumbing down our youth to a life of ignorance and crime.
As a personal note, it was the main reason I gave up teaching part-time at the college level. My students couldn’t read nor write and had a hard time speaking English..
As I watched the happenings of the fiasco in Ferguson, MO. I could only relate back to the above 550 BC findings as lawlessness and criminal activity played out on national television for all to see. It was only interrupted by so call leaders exacerbating the circumstance.
Until we demand honesty from our leaders we are doomed to a society of ignorance, poverty and crime. The solution was found in 550 BC but then who reads.