TOPIC OF THE WEEK…
TOPIC OF THE WEEK
Good government policy tackles causes, as well as effects.
I have been thinking a lot lately about why it is that some people in our community are extremely responsible, often do great environmental and /or social work on a voluntary basis, clearly think about actions and consequences, care for others and for the environment.
On the other hand, there are those that act in a purely selfish way, have little awareness of the environment and exercise a complete disregard for social responsibility.
We see examples of both good and bad on Facebook posts.
There are the "good samaritans", who help people out because they recognise a need and are prepared to do so. However, there also people who throw litter around, drive like bloody maniacs and behave in thuggish or even criminal ways.
What is it that dictates such behaviour? Is it a matter of personal choice? How important is parenting, role models, community peer pressure, formal and informal education, enforcement of rules, punishment and rehabilitation, respect for authority?
I am pretty Liberal in my thinking. I want people to have freedom, but with a sense of responsibility. I want people to "choose" to do the right thing. Personally, I think early years education is vitally important and this includes good quality parenting. I also believe, some parents need to be taught how to be good parents.
I am also open minded enough to think that not all political parties have the answer, that we can learn from other countries. Whether it is about reviewing our policies on alcohol, drugs or anything else… it is surely better to implement what has been shown to work, rather than sticking with what seems to be the most popular solution.
As always, I am keen to find out what you think. This is a safe forum for exchanging ideas and opinions. Most of the crazy and abusive people no longer follow my Facebook Page (which is a backhanded compliment to you all!)
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