On getting off my bus at my usual bus stop I immediately noticed that every panel of glass at the bus stop was broken; shards of glass lay everwhere. My immediate thought was “What is it that fills some people with so much hatred towards WHAT IS that they feel they have to destroy it?” The bus shelter was constructed for everyone. It was designed and manufactured, was placed and is serviced (largely by affixing advertising to pay for its upkeep) and does not offend…or at least, I can’t see how it can.
However, there are people who have so much resentment in themselves towards society at large that the ego-self has to express itself in order for them to feel just that much more alive. Such people, probably without really thinking seriously about it, have an ‘us versus them,’ mentality. Unfortunately, the ‘them’ represents the majority of Humanity: the ‘us,’ the few people who were involved in this senseless destruction.
Then my thoughts went further, and along these lines: “Everyone who is not working to make life for the majority of humans happier is, in actuality, doing what these vandals have been doing – detracting from the total welfare of us all…including themselves. They part of the Human-unahppiness problem, not the solution.
We know the ramification of any destruction (other than, perhaps the demolition of old buildings to make way for new – and even that is debatable, depending on the buildings) has to be paid for by us all. In the case of the bus stop glass, possibly by a very marginal increase in insurance and taxation to cover for the services needed to repair and police against such continuing stupidity.
For it is stupidity. The wilfull destruction of property is only one step below the wilful destruction of living things – including human beings. The urge to violent action lies just below the surface in such people; maybe a hatred of their own lives and the way they live them. Perhaps they blame the world for the way they interpret it.
Be that as it may, until people realize that their emotional responses to the ‘thoughts that cross their minds’ are theirs to control, and are aware of that, we will continue to see people bring about more and more of this senseless waste. So, the main job of the wise today is to enable the vandals to understand that the trouble lies in their thinking and beliefs, and not in the world as it is.
Our world will not change until we do.