Most citizens display surprise when disclosures of theft or misappropriation of public resources are revealed. Responses displayed often are far over-blown as human nature is to want what you don’t have. It’s biblical to covet or desire that which is not yours.
When we were younger we mastered our desires; we had youthful faith in teachings of spiritual leaders. However, we became more worldly, our experiences expanded and our grasp exceeded the control of our consciences.
Understanding limits of personal rights and failures of control can violate both moral and civil law. Violations are covered in church and state law. The failure to appreciate what is not yours requires judgment by both.
Only when spiritual and elected officials in concert demand respect for law and leadership can balance in a community be restored. Shreveport is reeling out of control today as elected officials leverage human weaknesses to sheer the fiber of an already frail society.
Standing fast to principles and demanding respect for values, while utilizing the existing legal framework may allow the system to correct itself. However, continued disrespect for the rule of law will only cause us to sink to greater depths of depravity.
Returning to spiritual teachings is recognizing the gift of living a joyous life. The joyous life may be simpler, but the air is clean and jail is so very confining.