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Social Issues: Letters

Sent: Monday, May 6, 2013 11:14 AM
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: violence

A reader notes (5/6) that the younger Boston Bomber was denied a boxing dream, leading to frustration
and openness to violence. But many people who face obstacles still persist and overcome
them. Further, can we really shelter the entire young population from adverse experiences? Where
does a person go when life is not fair? They go to their most deeply held value. If that is the conviction
that they are beloved children of a Creator who cares for them and has a plan in the midst of chaos, and
further if they hold to the teaching of Jesus that we should love even our enemies, they will rise above
the circumstances. On the other hand, if they believe in a culture of honor through revenge and
especially if other people are seen as somehow unimportant as individuals, violence may result
regardless of all other factors. Eliminate poverty, promote education, provide employment, develop
avenues for participation in public policy and build self-esteem in every individual, if the human heart is
not transformed, the solution will not be found.

Ross Olson

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