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December 12, 2008

Thugs, Saints & Old Fashioned Criminals

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THUGS, SAINTS, & OLD FASHIONED CRIMINALS
Or … Why the Hell Be good?

By
Jay B. Gaskill


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I love the old fashioned criminals.  Those crooks are us -- without the rap sheets and arrests; they are flawed screw-ups with a conscience, folks who harbor, deep down, a hope for better days.

Ah, but those crooks are being swiftly outnumbered by the New Breed…

“We got trouble, oh we got trouble, right here in This Fair City!  With a capital ‘T’ That and stands for Thug”. [Professor Harold Hill returns later in this narrative.]

TEASER ONE:

I believe that we are now and have at grave risk since the first fool who claimed to be a philosopher declared that morality was just an invention. That idea has eaten its way though the social fabric with the same effect as a computer virus corrupting an irreplaceable data base. 

Those who believe in and support the pillars on which law and civilization rest are surrounded by millions of gnawing rats, of misguided intellectuals, and reckless idiots who are like the drunken sailors who build a bonfire in the hold of a wooden boat.  Let me give you eight examples of how one can light a fire in the bottom of a wooden boat:

Everybody does it.
She had it coming.
Hey, it was cool - they’ll never miss it.
Nobody’s going to find out.
Money can buy anything.
Only an idiot would tell the truth about that.
I had no choice.
Right and wrong?  Get real!

Obviously this is an incomplete list, but you get the idea. 

We have depended in the great cultural transmission belt that carries the essence of the moral law from one generation to the next, but that belt is broken in too many places.  Among my clients, the most recent generation of criminals are now more than three generations away from anyone who has ever set foot in a church or has otherwise received any formal moral instruction.

           

TEASER TWO:

Nihilism is a pathogen of the soul.  A nihilist ‘infection” usually ends in death or (sometimes) a cure. It flames out, it bottoms out or its carrier dies.  In the first two instances, conversion to a moral character is still possible, but this typically happens only when moral boundaries and honor are recovered and allegiance to them is firmly rooted in character. Evil’s half life is nasty, short and brutal.

Fortunately, nihilism is a disease mostly of the intelligentsia. Some of the elites play with nihilist ideas as if they were harmless. I notice that very few professors (who spout crypto nihilist rhetoric) are running around raping and pillaging neighborhoods. That is small consolation. They are the Typhoid Maries of the culture.  The clever notion that there really is no morality is just a parlor game for them.

But the ideological children of nihilism, especially cultural and moral relativism, are pathogens; they feed and accelerate the breakdown of the moral underpinnings of the culture of civilization; they strike those suffering perceived injustice, the psychologically vulnerable and those who have not been exposed to good examples of moral character the hardest. Eventually, these “malogens” (my term) degrade everyone but the Saints and heroes among us.

TEASER THREE

Thieves’ Honor

Now, here is an interesting feature of the common criminal mind. The most successful thugs – those who act in concert – are actually practicing a version of moral rules.  Recall the notion of “honor among thieves”? It reflects a reality. There are reasonably consistent “moral” rules that apply within a working cohort of thieves.

In this sense, thieving cohorts are really modern versions of Neolithic hunting teams, predator bands that cooperate in a common endeavor to acquire resources by a combination of force and stealth.

TEASER FOUR

Every undamaged human mind knows this deep secret and fears judgment on some level. This is the secret of the appeal of drugs and the other escapes.  But an anesthetized conscience is like self inflicted blindness – it does not eliminate the light.

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JBG

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December 10, 2008

Thieves' Honor-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EECdQSOVWcQ

New on The Out-Lawyer Channel - Thieves' Honor, Ultimate Judgment & More


 

“Why the hell be good? – Part Three”has now been uploaded to YouTube.

 

Here is the video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EECdQSOVWcQ

 

 

The full article will be released Friday, 12-12-08...

 

JBG

 



December 05, 2008

'WHY THE HELL BE GOOD' - CONTINUES ON YOUTUBE

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TOPIC ---

Part Two of “WHY THE HELL BE GOOD” – THUGOLOGY 1O1”, where I discuss the rising tide of violent crime, the bible, the Torah, the Penal Code and the broken cultural transmission belt, among other things. 

 

In Part Three, I will address a not-unrelated question –

 

 “Why give a Damn About the World After We Die?”

among other things…

JBG


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