Monkey see, monkey do

human behaviour

human behaviour (Photo credit: chinnian)

Humans often behave like monkeys, repeating each other’s behavior. That is why it is so important for responsible adults to set a good example and also demand responsible behavior from children. Public lands are often trashed because trash is already present and it invites more. Violent behavior in our society is condoned and later imitated. Moral and ethical behavior falls by the wayside when leaders are exposed in their hypocrisy. Actions speak much louder than words.

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Evil

English: Devil goat

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There is so much evil in the world that we as human beings have an obligation to oppose. I have chosen US prisons as the evil against which to crusade. I am not sure why I chose prison reform as an issue; I have never been in jail or prison, and no one I know have either (at least as far as I know). Among the rich and famous, the cause often selected is one they or their loved one experienced personally.

None of us has the time or the resources to actively oppose all the world’s evils. I do not expect to see significant change in America’s prisons during my lifetime, but we must start somewhere, sometime. Some people are already trying to improve our prisons and/or ultimately eliminate them. That is now my goal too.

Some other evils for your consideration to oppose: hunger in the US. Speeding up disaster relief. We Americans are generous in responding to foreign tragedies; we must do more here at home. The easy availability of guns in the US leading to one shooting tragedy after another. Joblessness among minorities. Epidemic of drug use. Exploitation of the poor and the undocumented.  Unjust wars-torture. ET CETERA

So take your pick. There are plenty of evils to go around.

Please see America’s prisons | Prison reform | Tough on crime | Smart on Crime