Saturday, September 10, 2005

Who robbed you?

I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, becausealthough they took my purse they did not take my life; third, becausealthough they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.
- Matthew Henry, minister (1662-1714)

This well-known quote aptly fits the approach to negative situations and events taken by many religions. Note that it focuses on the person who was victimized by robbery.

Turning It Around would propose to give the robber the skills, coping mechanisms and knowledge he needs before he got to the point of having to steal from another because he didn't know what else to do. These skills and this knowledge can be given to children and adolescents before they need them, thus preparing them for the downturns in their future and (in most cases) avoiding the need to resort to anti-social measures.

Have you ever met a child of three or four years of age who wanted to grow up to become a robber, a murderer, a drug addict or even a divorced mother or father? No, they all want to be something positive. Some simply don't have or learn the tools they need to survive. These tools involve teaching, not money.

Teach the children.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to give every child the tools and knowledge he or she needs to stay on the right side.
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