There is no question that Adrien Peterson is an outstanding back in the National Football League. His performance with Minnesota has placed him among the best running backs in football. Now, as to his performance as a father, there is no question that he should be running from that role, quickly. His four year old boy pushed his five year old brother off his bike. As far as we know, the five year old is still alive and in good health. But, dad was very upset. After all, how many four year old boys push someone? How many four year old boys push their older brother? Gee, I was once a four year old boy who had a five year old older brother, and my first memory of life is hitting him over the head with my shovel! I adored my older brother, but at age four, logical thinking was just beginning.
Adrien Peterson decided to teach his four year old boy a lesson. He found a branch from a tree, and proceeded to beat the hell out of the boy. He struck him on legs, back, buttocks and scrotum. The boy wound up bloody. Adrien insists this form of punishment is what his folks did to him, so why not do it to his son? Idiot, your parents taught violence, now you are teaching violence, and, perhaps, your son will grow up to be another Ray Rice who punches out his girl friend.
How about a few lashes on the back, buttocks and scrotum of the beater. He can then recall the good old days of youth?
It now appears that Oscar Pistorious will spend time in jail for “negligent and unreasonable” behavior. According to Judge Mesipe “I am not persuaded that as reasonable person would have fired four shots into a toilet cubicle. I am of the view that the accused acted hastily.” A fair point. If a person who kills another person without premeditation does that mean this individual is not guilty of murder? This concept raises many questions concerning the act of murder. Can one argue that most murders are examples of “unreasonable behavior?. For example, could one argue that being raised in poverty produces people who behave unreasonably when confronted with potential violence to them?
Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri was raised in a culture that believed black skinned teenagers were potential threats, and thus his behavior in shooting was an example of “unreasonable behavior?” Frankly, the vast majority of murders could fit into her definition of murder. What then?