Do you trust? Do you believe?
I’m not talking (at least in this post!) about God – I’m talking about convicted criminals!
Tapu Misa has written another thought-provoking piece about –among other things– the house-arrest conditions of Bailey Kurariki, suggesting that the public needs to trust him to learn how to live in society.
If my words above were the only information one had, you might well question her logic, but Kurariki was only 12 at the time of his crime – acting as a ‘look-out’ while his friends (only slightly older) beat and killed a pizza delivery man with baseball bats.
It raises interesting questions about all sorts of things: teenage violent crime, community and family stability, correction methods, authority and…
…trust/belief in other human beings.
Why do we ‘trust’ one another? Should we do it more? Less? Should we treat one another with suspicion? Should we be skeptical?
Keeping things vague and general (‘we’, ‘eachother’) don’t help, do they? Obviously, some times you should trust someone, and other times you really shouldn’t! Many small towns in many rural areas of the world show their trust by not using (or even thinking of having) locks on their doors. Try that in some parts of some cities! Yeah. right.
This kind of ‘trust’ and ‘belief’ is such a… well… ‘subjective’ thing, isn’t it? But, still, it’s a very real thing. It holds families, marriages, communities and even nations together. Without trust, everyone is your enemy. But un-trustworthy people are real. Enemies are real…
Even stranger than that, maybe part of the reason some people are so ‘un-trustworthy’ has to do with how much people have trusted them their whole lives… Maybe nobody really ever did? Maybe trust is needed (sometimes) in the strangest places?