“Distrust all those in whom the urge to punish is strong.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Distrust all those in whom the urge to punish is strong.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Why is it that the least thoughtful people seem to have the most power?

Goethe said long ago that those who wish to punish should be distrusted. I get concerned every time I read something on the Internet where people say “Lock them up”.

Strangely the people who most say “Lock them up” are white people. I read it all the time on LinkedIn posts and other social outlets. It is strange that people feel they are judge and jury and ready to condemn people without the due process they would demand for themselves.

I shared with you earlier that Judge Caprio of Caught in Providence carefully uses his power. He listens to people, and gives them the benefit of the doubt. I rarely see people who say “Lock them up” give people the benefit of the doubt. Why are people who are so filled with hate and ignorance the strongest voices at present we hear?

I don’t believe in punishment. I used to take care of children at a daycare and in other social settings like a church and I have learned many things. I have learned that while children need guidelines, punishment is ultimately a failure of parenting. Research shows that children who are spanked have behavior problems later in life and I agree with that. As a society we have to find creative and sensitive approaches to handle misbehavior.

Locking people up just makes people less able to deal with life and able to rehabilitate their lives. Again in the Caught in Providence show we sometimes see people who are working to fix up their lives after serving time in prison. Judge Caprio could be harsh, but he isn’t. He gives them a chance to improve, and asks them to demonstrate responsibility by doing something that is within their control.

If someone wants to punish others, they are not just an incompetent leader but an ignorant one as well.

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