Which above human traits do you believe you have and would having these traits serve to help reduce shootings in Chicago?

The Chicago Tribune headline article titled: Tensions are high in the community, reported the sad shooting death of a three-year-old in the 106 shootings that occurred this past weekend.

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate an ancient wisdom proverb to the conundrum of which type of reasoning would be more effective to help reduce Chicago shootings.

King Solomon

For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1:16-18)


There is indeed wisdom and knowledge opposite to this, and infinitely more excellent, and which, the more it is increased, the more joy and comfort it brings; 

and he who increases knowledge, and dies in his youth, increases grief of heart to those who are near akin to him.”

What’s My Point?

“A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?” (Pennycook et al., 2015).

According to a psychologist article, if you solve the above problem, you may do so by either intuitive of analytic reasoning.

In the article, the psychologist makes these statements.

There are significant life consequences for people who are willing to engage in analytical thought processes. Religion is a good example. All religious faiths are based on intuitions. We’re indoctrinated with the beliefs and practices of our particular religion early in childhood, accepting these teachings as obvious truths. Yet those who are willing to think analytically quickly spot the logical inconsistencies in religious tenets, and they question their childhood faith.

 “Pennycook and his colleagues found that people who mainly engage in intuitive thinking are more likely to help out, even at a considerable cost to themselves. People who think analytically aren’t necessarily selfish or greedy. However, in social exchanges, they tend to evaluate the potential payoffs to themselves and others, and they gladly help when its benefits others more than it cost themselves.

My point is to question the wisdom of never teaching any religious tenets in childhood especially in single parent homes in poor areas infested with crime and drugs.

In My Opinion

Whether a person has intuitive or analytic human traits, if someone shoots someone else it is either against the law or is a sinful action against the laws of God.

When someone shoots another human because they believe by doing so, they will gain some type of payoff, it is apparent that they have either never been taught religious beliefs of a final judgment by God.  Or if they were taught religious tenets, they chose to disregard the religious teachings.

What is sad about the majority of Chicago shootings is that the majority of shooters were never taught any religious laws or tenets in their childhood because their parents can neither choose nor afford to send them to private religious schools.

The result is intuitive or analytic reasoning makes no difference to them when they decide to shoot someone, only to consider, “what in it for me,” and the “potential payoffs to themselves in this life rather than in a spiritual afterlife.

If Interested

Read the source links below and a previous post about the scientific beliefs in the human brain amygdala.

You Decide

If you are a parent, would you choose to have your child “indoctrinated” with religious morality and beliefs if you could afford to send them to a school that teaches religious beliefs and morals?

Do you believe either intuitively or analytically that the shooting problems in Chicago would be less if the children were taught the religious beliefs that sometime in their life they will be judged by either God or man?

Is there any truth in the statement? Black parents love charter schools and voucher-supported private school vouchers because they teach values, self-respect, and hope. But no, if this option for poor or lower-income parents has more Democrat opposition than ever.”

After reading this post, does reasoning this information using intuitive or analytic skills increase your wisdom along with your grief and sorrow about the possibility of how teaching children religious tenets. Would teaching these tenets help serve to “reduce community tensions”, and reduce the shootings, if only their parents would be allowed to choose the schools “because they teach values, self-respect, and hope” same as religious tenets serve to teach children?

For example, why are there no available studies or government analytical statistics to compare the population of convicted and jailed prison inmates to determine if they attended secular or religious schools in their childhood? Is it because government is afraid it will reveal the truth why there are so many shootings in Chicago?

Regards amd goodwill blogging.

Source Links

 Chicago Tribune June 23,2020

Psychology today – Are you intuitive or analytical thinker?


Bible hub – Ecclesiastes Excerpts Commentary


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