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During the Los Angeles riots and hurricane Katrina we caught a glimpse of what happens when people follow their natural instincts. Stores were looted with people stealing everything in sight. Somehow they felt justified in correcting what they perceived was an unfair balance between the haves and the have-nots.

If corporal law is the only thing that keeps us from stealing and destroying other people's property, then the law is our only safeguard for civility. We are no better than animals who must be fenced, coerced and corralled. We are people without a conscious.

But I happen to believe otherwise!

We have a conscious

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that we are more than animals--that we have a conscious; that we long for inner balance and self-control.

According to reveries.com, after Katrina hit, people came forward to help in astounding ways. Susie Meredith of Michigan, "posted a message on katrinahelp.info, offering to make long-distance telephone calls or run errands for displaced people. On craigslist.com, people in Kansas and Texas offered to stable abandoned horses; a certified rescue diver in Florida offered to dive for bodies, and several people offered frequent-flier miles. In Indianapolis, a company called WR2 offered to adopt a family, promising a $50,000 a year job, an apartment, new clothes, groceries and a car."1 These are just a few of the heroic efforts that were made by hundreds and thousands of people.

The fact is, there are many people who have a strong sense of right and wrong who are willing to inconvenience themselves to help others. These have chosen to rise above their primal instinct to think only of themselves and have decided to do their part to make the world a better place. When I hear about these people I get a sense of what God must be like!

Never write off a burrough, neighborhood or housing tract as an evil place. Reflections of God can be found wherever there are needs and hurting people.

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