Spare the rod, spoil the child

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EDITOR — Children have to be put on a leash. A child who grows without the fear of the stick meanders boundlessly into forbidden seams of the social realm. The element of force is an essential societal tool which has to be used to coerce delin- quents into desired order.

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Every country has a police force. Even the Vatican has such a police force commanded by the Holy See. God allowed the existence of hell to coerce those with a high propensity to sin to repent and follow His statutes.

Leaving children living a life de- void of coercion is a sufficient recipe for disaster.

In strict Islamic communities where Sharia law is practised to the book, levels of crime and social de- linquency are at a bare minimum not because the citizens are very keen on righteousness but because they are afraid of the consequences of the long arm of the law.

The removal of force from parent- ing can be equated to removing the police and prison system from arms of government. Force or a threat of force is an es- sential element of order and law.

Every right must be backed by some responsibility. There is noth- ing like an absolute right. Absolute access to anything valuable destroys the value of that thing.

The element of scarcity is a reality of value. Anything that is not scarce has no value.

Limitless access to freedom of action for children is similar to hand- ing over the reins of government to children.

The judiciary must interest itself with mechanisms designed to stop the abuse of children in the name of disciplining them. Putting in place a law that erases corporal punishment from society is no guarantee after all to the end of abuse of children.

Murders today are committed wantonly despite that there is a law that forbids murder. That law is paired with painful consequences for those who commit murder but murder is still committed daily.

Christians still commit sin despite having the confidence and belief in the presence of hell. But if the truth be told, if there was no hell at all or if God was going to come down on earth and announce that He has abolished and destroyed hell, all churches will be left empty, sin will surge to unprecedented levels and the world will be a den of chaos.

God is not worshipped because people love to worship Him much. Instead He is worshipped by many with the expectation that God will spare them hell when the time comes.

The element of fear is an important factor of governance.

Governance begins in the home. Parents are the smallest unit of government.
Chigumbu Warikandwa.

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