Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ignoring the Wicked

Denial of the harsh, violent, or dangerous aspects of the world is a commonly used psychological defense that allows us to go about or lives without constant fear of harm.

If we are unsuccessful at "blocking out" unpleasant parts of our world, the horror we would feel each day at the violence and suffering that are always taking place would overwhelm us.

We depend upon the police to keep such horrific sights, sounds, and smells away from our lives and our experience of the world. Our ignorance can be catastrophic, however, for police departments, individuals officers, and their families.

| Stoning the Keepers at the Gate: Society's Relationship with Law Enforcement by Lawrence N., Ph.D. Blum |Amazon| Google Books|

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. - George Orwell

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