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    • Donald Sanders

    • October 30, 2017 in Columnists

    Right or wrong — can you look at yourself in the mirror?

    If I should do some wrong to someone, either by accident or on purpose, it becomes increasingly hard to raise my head to look upon myself in the mirror. I have memories of this as far back as 60 years ago when I was only a child at the age of 9 or 10 years old. During my long life I have committed many such wrongs that I, by nature, have always seen fit to regret. Would that I could have a chance at a time machine to make just one of these wrongs right, I would take all that I am to see it through.

    But alas, I cannot.

    In the consideration of humanity, I see myself as an average man. By nature, my behavior is not much different than that of my neighbors, be they white, black, yellow, or brown. As such, the rights must outweigh the wrongs and this one fact enables an average man with the ability to rise out of his bed to face another day without knowledge of how it will turn out. The ability to carry on with task after task, some of which are not in the least enjoyable stems directly from the heart as we act in the interest of those loved ones held so close by every person I am discussing.

    Average men and women exist in every corner around the globe in much the same manner as you and I. The safety of a home where those we love can live in relative peace is first and foremost in our everyday thoughts and actions. Farther out, we strive to live in harmony with those with whom, by chance, we interact  as neighbors and friends. It is generally the “Golden Rule” that we live by in our travels throughout the world. We give it and we expect it.

    It is in our nature to care for each other in the best manner we know how, thus we go out of our way to group with others who have a heartfelt desire to create more rights than wrongs. Actions that are right are easy and natural — they make us feel good about ourselves. They make life flow like a stream through a forest, easily traversing jagged rocks, hills, corners or anything else you might imagine.

    Acts that are wrong are something much more complicated but easily recognizable. We all know right from wrong. I don’t know exactly where it comes from, but each and every one of us has the power to understand wrong — not only within ourselves but we can see it in others almost as instantly as they see it themselves. A wrong must be taken into consideration to commit. Deep within our hearts, souls, or whatever you want to call it, something tells us what is wrong or right. It’s like we have a switch that alarms us when we are about to commit a wrong.

    This is true of much of humanity, but not all of it.

    There are those who are unable or unwilling to distinguish right from wrong. They have no interest in the ideas of right, wrong, love, family, children, peace, war, or anything other than the idea of the self. These things exist only as tools to be used at will whenever they please for whatever purpose they choose. They care little for behavior or laws and they do as they please.

    This type of person can be very convincing and charming when it comes to persuading others to join in on their schemes to commit wrong and there is nothing they will not do to corrupt others if it aids their desired goals. Wrongs at every level must involve good people or they remain small in nature.

    It must be true that wrongs committed by large corporations such as the Wells Fargo Bank originated from one bad individual. It must also be true that in order for this bank to open thousands of unlawful accounts in the name of unaware patrons, this bad person had to enlist the aid of hundreds of good people. In this one unlawful act, Wells Fargo Bank made billions of dollars in profit until they were caught red-handed with their hands in their clients’ pockets.

    Thousands and thousands of good people got screwed, some lost all their money, their homes and retirement, and for them there is no justice. If you or I were to commit fraud, we would go straight to jail without a doubt. As it stands, Wells Fargo was fined a couple of hundred million dollars by the Justice Department which is a drop in the bucket considering Wells Fargo made a profit of billions of dollars on these evil acts. There are many similar crimes committed daily and it is common in large corporate crime cases that deals are made so not one person is charged with a crime as long as the corporation pays the fine of whatever dollars.

    This is how wrongs are committed and now the Justice Department, simply by their inaction and negligence in failing to correctly prosecute and enforce the law of the land, is complicit in the commission of this act. In the end, their pockets may be full but they still must look at themselves in the mirror and that must be hard to do. Crimes of this magnitude are committed against humanity. Wrongs like this will make your soul ugly and hard to gaze upon.

    I tell you the truth when I say we cannot and will not enjoy a world of rights when we continue to ignore wrongs committed by our corporations and elected officials on such a grand scale.

    Oh yeah, Trump is just a diversion tactic designed to draw your attention away from what you should be thinking about. Wake up!

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