Condemnation is easy – understanding is the hard part

9 08 2011

I posted this on Facebook and Google+, but feel the need to say it a little bit louder than that!

What is happening in London and other cities is terrible – I completely feel for the people whoa re suffering at the hands of the rioters and whose lives and livelihoods will be or have been negatively impacted by what has and is happening. But there’s so much more to it than that…

It’s all well and good saying the rioters are ‘stupid’, ‘ignorant’ and so on – but have those of you who are so quick to denigrate them considered that maybe, just maybe, there’s a reason that trying to burn down the city seems to them to be a logical thing to do? Maybe they don’t have your sky-high IQ, but they’re still human beings whose reasons should be considered as well as their actions. Because they do have reasons, and they’re not actually just ‘cos we felt like it’. If it was, this sort of thing would happen a lot more often than it does!

So maybe, rather than just complaining about how they’re all idiots and should (yes I saw it) have their hands chopped off, we should be trying to understand why they’re doing what they’re doing (and no, probably for a lot of them, the shooting is not relevant) so that we can learn from that and make changes if we can so that this sort of thing stops, and doesn’t happen again.

Criticising them won’t get us anywhere – understanding them just might.

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