Lost faith, lost values

Mark Loper, the detective in charge of the case against the youth charged with the vicious attack on a five year-old girl said: “New Zealand society needs to have another good look at itself if we have juveniles of this age committing these kinds of offences.”

Could one of the factors be that too many have neither faith nor the values that went with it?

You don’t have to have  a religious faith to believe in and adhere to the values which under-pin our legal system and used to under-pin society – responsiblity for yourself and your actions and respect for other people, their property and the law.

The attack on this child might have been a random act of evil but child abuse is not isolated.

This case was different because the victim was a tourist on holiday but the statistics on children abused in their own homes is shameful and might not be unrelated to this case.

Chances are the accused was, and might still be, a victim of abuse himself and that he was brought up without the values which used to be regarded as normal.

Someone to whom abuse is normal is far more likely to abuse. Someone brought up without values doesn’t know right from wrong.

That wouldn’t excuse the crime but it would help explain it.

I agree with the frustration Detective Loper is expressing, but it’s long past time for society to look at itself. It’s time for action and that action must include a return to the values which keep everyone safe.

3 Responses to Lost faith, lost values

  1. Andrei says:

    More hand wringing.

    Is this a random act of psychopathy or is it a symptom of deeper cultural malaise?

    For a young man in 21st century New Zealand the future is bleak – there is little on offer, no reason to grow up, no marker of adulthood. I fear for my son – I tell him find a good Orthodox woman, or failing that a Catholic one, marry and have lots of kids. He shrugs and I don’t blame him. He is surrounded by girls who will never grow up either and who will happily without a moments thought murder their unborn so they wont get in the way of their “self fulfillment” whatever that means.

    But he is lost – like all young men. In a couple of years he will have his worthless credentials and then what?

    Read DPF’s posts about is Southern African Christmas – nice photos of hippos wallowing in mud, hotel foyers even grubby toilets for our edification – all emptyness, there are no people, no people at all, no companionship shining forth – if that is being successful in life you can keep it..

    I worked in Africa, Kenya and Burkina Faso as well Indonesia, miserable places according to our sensibilities – the goal earn money to buy a house and raise kids – for goodness sakes why has everybody forgotten this and why we are here?


  2. homepaddock says:

    Random act or deeper malaise?

    Could be both.

    I think most young men would not be impressed with being told to marry and have chidlren. Even if he did think that’s a good idea he’d need to support them – unless he does the parenting while his wife works – and would be happier with work he enjoys.

    We have a lot of young people working for and near us. Most are positive about the future and sons and daughters of friends are also anything but bleak about life in town or country. They have a purpose and that makes a difference.

    In defence of David, it could be a matter of privacy he’s showing where he’s been but not who he’s with.


  3. Andrei says:

    Your title: “Lost faith, lost values”


    I think most young men would not be impressed with being told to marry and have chidlren.

    Every culture,people, nation – whatever that has persisted, and many haven’t have placed a premium on having children – when you don’t the end is in sight.

    Even if he did think that’s a good idea he’d need to support them – unless he does the parenting while his wife works – and would be happier with work he enjoys.

    Of course he’d be happier with work that he enjoys but that of course is a middle class luxury – in this world there are many necessary things to be done which are tedious, dreary and unglamorous – we bring up our kids to optimize their opportunities, I’ve done well in that regard but for the vast majority the dizzying heights of rock superstardom are not going to be – and somebody has to do the scutwork that keeps things going – and they have to be motivated to continue doing it – NZ in its wisdom pays people the dole and imports its fruitpickers and taxi drivers – because of course with no future for our indigenous, indigent there is no motivation .

    It actually comes down to the big question: Why are we here?

    To spend our lives in an office shuffling papers and filling in the void with fancy cars and other .trifles or to build for the future by raising children and doing whatever we do for a living to meet that end.

    I love kids – they are the future and when dickhead MPs complain about them being too noisy on planes, for example, I know we have lost our way and sense of purpose.


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