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How to deal with criminals. Yes our lives are filled with them. Run a way, or get tough.
Convicts are a small part of criminals
First things first.
If you are in a weak and vulnerable position your best option is to run a way. It just is. Criminals are toxic. Criminals are bad. Criminals will hurt you. It does not matter if you use "authorities" or not. If you remain in any way engaged with criminals you and yours will be hurt.
On the other hand if you have the fortitude, faith and guts. You need to stop criminals from their activity. Also if you cannot safely run a way, you must confront, standfast and move on to victory over the criminal.
Let us define criminal for this purpose: Someone who wrongfully takes something from someone else.
We do not deal here with a jay walker on a deserted street a 4 am. But we recognize that so called "victim-less" crimes is not a true concept. Suppliers and purveyors of such prey on the weak.
Are you a criminal?
Probably by my earlier definition you have committed a crime. One small cheat. One small lie. One small thing that is not yours. But this does not make you a criminal. Criminals in this sense are people who live their life that way. Think of them more like an alcoholic. They get into a habit that is addictive as hell and from that point lies and deceptive practices are part and parcel of who they are.
So let us take an example to get to what we are talking about. Habitual tax cheaters. Business owners that break rules to save money. People who when considering every option also consider what a normal person would not consider to solve their problems. Welfare frauds. Mega-Corps that consider penalties for violations a "cost of doing business".
These are bad folk and you can think of 100 more types.
They suck in innocents to do their bidding. The lie and deceive to maintain their habits.
Do you know a criminal?
Is a criminal negatively effecting your life?
The only correct answers here are Yes and Everyday.
Do not deceive yourself. That is the first thing that criminals steal from you. YOUR JUDGMENT.
If I am going to use you or take from you wrongfully, the first thing I would do is to take out your defenses. Those would be these: Integrity, Judgment, discernment, common sense and dignity.
First what us criminals will do is knock out your self esteem. I do not care what position you are in I can make you feel not worthy. Then I offer you a way out. It does not matter if it is a drug of choice, a "sign here" or a say this to so and so, and of course the easiest of all, "this is a secret between you and me - strictly confidential."
Maybe by those examples you are starting to see that criminals are all around.
A fun reminder
They strength is in you.
If a person gets it in their head that something is wrong, really wrong, I have found the will find the strength to rise up to correct the problem.
I have also seen criminals come and ask for help to stop. Matter of fact I get asked that regularly. Struggling businesses do not get that way by accident. And in fact about half of them get that way because they tried to cheat and that just seldom works for long.
So if you really want to make a difference in life. Stand up to criminals when ever you see them operating. Say no to that boss. Say no to your spouse. Say no to yourself.
First thing is not to be an accomplice. Crime is not an option for you. Drill that into your head. Lying is for liars not you. Keeping quiet is a lie. Even if an activity seems innocuous but requires a small deception --- that is the beginning of hell.
Do not go in for the small sins that appear victimless. Do not even give an inch on your self respect. Be a nutcase about honesty.
Just do it!
Parents teach you children well, their parents hell
We are not immune we are weak.
Criminal thought is toxic and addictive. The thrill the getting away with it. These are hard opponents if you chose to fight crime. You can get dirty. And I promise you that if you involve yourself enough to fight it, you will get hurt.
But the rewards are worth it. I promise that also. Remember it is not about stopping the crimes as much as it is about you. When you stand up for what is right you will not fall for wrong.
You are a champion, do not forget that.
You are worth the fight.
I will not say to save your soul. I will not call on wrath of God or consequence of failure. I will speak of the great good you can do in you if you do the right thing. It is good to do the right thing and you are good. It is bad to do the wrong thing and it will make you bad.
You are worth the battle.