My last post, about Russell Don Sneed, who was sentenced to life in prison for a 9th DUI, stirred a good bit of discussion. I appreciate your thoughts and interaction!
My “better way” involves a deeper understanding of community; for our refusal to set Mr. Sneed apart from the rest of “us” as having problems for which he must be punished.
He is a man with problems; which of us isn’t? Though few of the rest of us have problems that have taken us a low as his, if we get honest with ourselves we must admit there is within us something that helps us empathize with such a depth of challenge.
What if our sense of community took Mr. Sneed’s burden upon ourselves and thus we collectively refused to abandon him to the loneliness of the bottle or to the need to drive after drinking?