A motorist was driving on a rural road when he came upon a stop sign. Seeing that there was obviously no traffic in either direction, he proceeded to roll through the intersection and continue on his way. But, wouldn’t you know it, that intersection was being carefully watched by a law enforcement official. (I don’t know how they can hide so well!) As the officer approached, he said, “Don’t you know there was a stop sign back there?” To which our hapless motorist declared, “Yes, but I don’t see what it matters, there were no cars coming. I slowed down a bit.” The lenient officer said, “It is s stop sign. Don’t do that again.”
Well, a couple of days later the same motorist approached the same intersection and scouring the roadways and seeing no cars, rolled on through. The same policeman pulled him over and angrily said, “Didn’t I tell you not to do that again!?” The frustrated motorist replied, “I just don’t see the problem. There were no cars coming. Why can’t I just slow down?”
Then the irritated lawman produced his night stick and proceeded to beat the man over the head and said, “Do you want me to stop or just slow down!?”
Sometimes it takes drastic measures to get a point across!
But isn’t that just like us humans? We tend to want to push the envelope, to get as close to the tipping point as possible without going over the edge. That’s the human nature.
Toddlers will test the parent to see how big the corral of tolerance is before discipline is applied. School kids will test the teacher’s patience and see how long they can be the class clown before they realize it is time to put a lid on it.
Drivers feel it’s OK to go 5 miles over the speed limit for a time, then push it to 7, then 10, then…oops! Too far!
The business person sees the opportunity to take a few pencils home, then some binders and folders, and many have fallen into the trap of embezzlement as a result. Politicians that have the right motivation and goals when elected, become engulfed by the system and see a way to build their petty regime of personal aggrandizement.
Rules and laws are in place for a reason. It is how we are to continue with an ordered society. Rules and laws are designed and implemented to protect the innocent and convict the guilty. But, of course, we have seen too many instances of the very ones that are sworn to implement the law becoming the ones that we need to be protected from, and the innocent the ones who bear the brunt of lawlessness.
Stop or Slow Down? The answer would be a resounding, “Yes!” Yes, the ones taking advantage of the system for their own selfish desires should stop. And the ones that are heading down the wrong paths should slow down, reevaluate, turn around and do the right thing before it’s too late. Our civil society is depending on it.
But, as I said, it is human nature. It is an inward problem that is manifest in wrong behavior. We all are plagued with it. It cannot be changed by programs that treat the symptom, but are never able to get to the cause, the root issue.
The Bible has always said it best and has provided the real Final Solution. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come.”(II Corinthians 5:17)