When emotions are running high, even the most disciplined person can lose control and escalate the situation rather than calm it.  It may feel like the analytical part of our brain has shut down letting the emotional or empathetic parts take over.

Conversely there are times when people plow through deep troublesome situations without any signs of indecision or distress.  They may be described as insensitive, cold or even tough, and they seem driven by logic and reason not emotion.

So, the question is, as humans can we only use one side of our brain to find a logical system within our universe to stop the slaughter of innocent human beings and tragic deaths of young people on the streets, or do we need to use both?

A logical approach to preventing evil and harmful acts against children was created as the result of the thoughtful and emotional experiences of people involved in the tragic disappearance and ultimate death of a young Texas child.

In January 1996, 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was riding her bike.  A neighbor witnessed her kidnapping.  A man drove by and pulled Amber off the bike into his pick-up truck racing off at high speed. Four days later and only four miles away, Amber’s lifeless body was found.

A suggestion was made that radio stations in the Dallas area where the incident occurred should repeat news bulletins about abducted children just as is done for severe weather alerts. This led to the creation of the “Dallas Amber Plan” in July 1997 to help safely recover missing children that police believe have been abducted. In 2001, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children started a campaign to establish fully automated AMBER Alert systems nationwide.

Today across America when a child is abducted, an Amber Alert goes out to all media, including notifications on mobile phones. In recent years, we have seen an increase of violence of all sorts, by gangs and individuals. Working together using logic, compassion and reason we can make a difference preventing and defeating evil and criminal acts against anyone, anywhere.

Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!

Chaplain Walter Ghosten

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net

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