Fair dinkum thinkum
- Mar 7, 2007
- Basic Beliefs
- Strong Atheist
A small percentage of crime is detected, and a small percentage of that is ascribed to a person by the court system. A non-trivial fraction of those convictions are wrongful.And see this right here shows your depersonalization.Criminals are people who commit crimes
See the active current tense, here.
It is not ""criminals" are people who have committed crimes", but rather "criminals are people who commit."
Compare again " who have committed" with "who commit".
This is down to your fundamental failure to observe what it is you are actually feeling and thinking as you feel, think, and ultimately put out statements.
A small percentage of people commit most of the crime. Emily isn’t wrong.
The data allow us to conclude that a small percentage of people are convicted of most of the crime; And even that a small percentage of people are accused of most of the crime. The very phrase "round up the usual suspects" suggests that there's a massive confirmation bias at work here, and a vicious circle. When a crime is committed, the police look first and hardest at 'the usual suspects'; So it's this group that are most likely to be convicted; So this group are over represented in the conviction figures; So it "makes sense" to look first and hardest at this group.
But the fact remains that there's probably almost nobody who reaches the age of thirty without having done something that could, if they were unfortunate enough, have resulted in their conviction for a criminal offence.
We have met the enemy, and it is us.
Many people resile from that - after all, "we" are good people (who make very occasional lapses of good judgment); While "they" are hardened criminals who are preying on our society (and are likely irredeemable).
But that's nonsense - the division, as Solzhenitsyn observed, is not between "us" and "them"; It runs through every person's heart.
As the massive scale of the US prison population suggests, if you attempt to lock up all the criminals, you can only succeed by locking up bloody everybody.