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Ferguson shows need for spiritual awakening

Ross Talbott
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These are interesting times.

A young man is confronted by police after robbing a store and ultimately ends up shot.

His culture and community responds by burning businesses, burning cars, looting stores and rioting in several cities.

Somehow I fail to understand how that expresses a culture of love, appreciation and sympathy. When a problem exists in a culture, there are several ways to respond.

For example, if you have a pain in your body, you can tolerate it, you can deny it and hope it goes away, or you can take some kind of painkiller to cover it up.

Ultimately, however, if you don’t determine the root cause of the pain and deal with it, you may suffer the rest of your life. In fact, it may escalate and maybe even kill you.

Dealing with it early may save you an incredible amount of medical bills.

Another way of dealing with pain is to blame it on someone else. That course of action only exacerbates the problem, maybe even ending in divorce.

The response that is happening in Ferguson is costing the taxpayers and the community millions of dollars. The businesses are losing great amounts of money and some may permanently close. Whatever pain pill this is, it is only increasing the disease.

If you have a flat tire while driving, ramming an oncoming car is not the response that will solve the problem.

This is probably a good time to analyze our own community and maybe our nation.

The pain is exhibited in the fact that two-thirds of all the lawyers in the world are in the U.S. and something like 90 percent of the lawsuits are here also.

Our prisons are incredible, our police forces are increasing and thousands of new laws are enacted every year.

Every time you turn around there is another scam.

Our government is driving us into incredible debt with no solution in sight.

Drugs and terrorists are pouring in and money is pouring out.

We don’t even have a pill for that.

Maybe more unenforced laws and more jails would help. At least that would create more taxpayer-funded jobs.

Now here’s where I get in trouble:

I have identified the root of the problem, and it’s called sin. That may stand for stupid, ignorant and naughty. It really goes far beyond that.

Let’s talk about greed, hate, selfishness, bitterness, envy, lust, etc.

You can spend a lot of time adding to the list.

The flip side is love, kindness, generosity, honesty, commitment, service and all those positive qualities.

If we could eliminate that first bunch, think what a great world it would be.

No cops, no jails, no IRS, no wars, no locks and security cameras, no insurance, no weapons and no identity theft.

What is happening in Ferguson just highlights the flaws in human character and the universal need for a deep spiritual awakening.

Don’t let sin conquer and divide your life at any level.

The quickest way to destroy a relationship is to create dissension.

That even works to destroy a community, a nation and maybe even the whole world.

Beheading people or firing nuclear weapons only makes things worse.

I challenge you to diligently seek truth that is liberating and enlightening.

Some say the only real truth is that there is no real truth.

Good luck on that one.

“Out On A Limb” appears on the first Tuesday of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.

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