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Guilty?

By on Jul 12, 2013

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Sometimes its not easy being sisters

Yesterday I witnessed Zoe swatting Baby Jada in the face while she lay defenseless in her crib. Even now I’m saddened to recall the scene of a tormented Jada and ballsy Zoe. I spanked Zoe’s legs (to her horror) and Papa Nevels required that she apologize to Jada (to which she refused). If this happens again, I intend to pull the “disappointment card” (which always seemed to work on me as a kid).

But will the potential feelings of guilt be enough to sway her from doing it again?
A couple days ago I read a Facebook post of an eyewitness to a robbery. The witness recounted the details of how a friend/acquaintence robbed a senior citizen couple (at gun point) and then made off with their car at a local gas station. The writer rebuked this friend/acquaintance openly (but without name of course) to which someone responded, “Evil prevails while good people sit idly by.” In turn, the writer responded with the following: “As a good Christian I called the police.” 
But would the shunning of a witness (and friend) and the looming threat of law enforcement discourage a robber from stealing again is it enough to make one consider turning him/herself in?
Today the verdict will be announced in the Trayvon Martin trial. It marks the end of a controversial case in which the life of a young black boy was taken by an over-zealous white/latino night watchman (to which many believe is the result of racial profiling). The world is hanging in balance as the jury deliberates on whether to return a self-defense or murder verdict. 
If sentenced to a lesser crime (or even set free) would the looming guilt of having taken a life be enough to convict George Zimmerman? If convicted of murder (by a court of law), will his incarceration be sufficient rehabilitation for the tragedy and will it be enough to alter his mindset and life trajectory?
What makes people so remorseful that they feel the need to change? Is the fear of consequence enough to make one change course? Are the the binding feelings of guilt enough to prune the Tell Tale Heart or does it require the reproach of a trusted friend or iron hand?
I guess I’ve got more questions than answers and anecdotes today. I’m at a loss for understanding man-kind as I watch the ethical principles that governed us yesterday lose ground to “free will” and impulse. 
What I do know is that Phil and I have our work cut out for us as we prepare our girls for the world at large, and from the looks of it, we’ll have plenty teaching opportunities.
The Garden of Eden—when life was simpler

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