Common sense is basically defined as being able to make a reasonable and sound/logical judgment on a basic issue. Have we lost this in recent years? Are we as a society too worried about being able to find a safe space to ride out our problems instead of facing them head on? What has happened to our society? Have our minds begun a de-evolution process due to all the information we could ever desire now being placed literally within the palm of our hands? Have we forgotten how to search for answers we require to grow? Has this process started a cause and effect of not knowing how to socially interact without sounding like childish beings whining that things did not go our way?
It is in my opinion; we as a society are digressing just as fast as our technology is progressing. We have human rights activist acting like wild beasts in the streets. We have lost the ability to sit and reasonable talk out our differences. Our next generation of college students, who will be our next working class leaders, throwing tantrums if they don’t like a guest speaker who comes within their campus walls. Women, marching on the streets for Women’s Rights, wearing a vagina on their head, sorry ladies last I checked this will not help your cause, but perhaps show your immaturity. (In case you a wondering I am a women)
The time of “Everyone deserves a trophy” needs to come to an end. Parents you need to allow your children to deal with some issues on their own. Those who never allow their baby birds to fly from the nest will never know their true strengths. We need to learn to speak about our differences, and not in a malicious way. We need to realize that sometimes in life things do not always go the way we want them, however we reroute and regroup and move on. The sun will come up tomorrow, a new day will begin.
Within our society, we are faced with a great need for a Criminal Justice system restoration. Indeed the current one works, however as with most things, just because it works does not mean it cannot improve. Our current system has created over population within our jails and prisons, placing our country in the forefront of the world’s incarcerated population. Granted criminal activity has decreased within United States. Is this due to overcrowding and overpopulation our facilities? Perhaps, or is it the cause and effect of our mandatory sentencing that has removed the judgment from our Judges? This is a chicken and egg scenario that can be debated for another time.
Currently many of our jails and prisons offer different programs to help those incarcerated with future job skills, life skills, and further education. However, these programs are often limited and difficult for inmates to obtain. Many have wait lists so long that many inmates are released before they gain access to the programs. So, where does that leave them? Back home, with a criminal record and perhaps no direction with their lives except the one they were previously on.
Now, I know what many think, “You can’t help everyone.” “Not everyone wants to change their lives around.”, and their right not everyone does. However, what if we were able to reach that one out of hundred people? That has the potential to remove at least one person from the vicious cycle that many face of reentry into the incarcerated population.
Increasing availability and funding for specialized rehabilitation programs, such as college degrees, updated worker skills, and generalized life skills, has the potential to have a positive impact not only that individual’s life but as a benefit to our society as a whole. Being the top country of incarcerated inmates is not bragging rights for the United States. This is an area we should be ashamed of. It should no longer be, lock them up and forget about theses individuals. We owe it to ourselves, as a world leading country, to try and reform our current situation.