Crime – What if Instead of it Being an Action You Took, it Was Something You DIDN’T Do?
Are you always a cautious person? Do you think thru all possibilities and outcomes? Are you always alert? Do you always care?
Of course not! And sometimes that means that either you or someone you are in charge of can get hurt. So how responsible are you for their safety? For their stress?
How reasonable is it that they could be in danger? How predictable is it? Would the average person see this thing coming?
Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you intended harm. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you didn’t act.
Do you want examples?
Most parents and teachers know that kids don’t always listen. That they test things to see why you make the rules they have to listen to. I think every parent has experienced this.
- So you forgot to lock the door one night before bed. And the toddler got out.
- You were at the mall and turned your back on them for one second.
Could you have predicted it? Yes. Kids do those things.
Could you have prevented it? Locked the door. Confined the kid when at the mall if you had to turn your back.
Would a reasonable person be able to see these aspects and conclusions? Yes
Which means if something happens to the kid, you are culpable. Whether or not you got charged. And you will get blamed for it, by yourself at least. Maybe by their other parent.
Besides being charged, you might end up getting divorced. Or worse.
So how do you deal with all the variables of life? Do your best and pray. I guess?