Developing Symbols: In General (Continuation VII)
Crime appeared in the late 1960s along with the rise of drug use. This rise was detected in 1967 by the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice. A new Justice Department agency was then authorized by Congress and I worked there until I retired. Before I retired, I reported that all crime has its origin in the human mind and the symbolic languages that make our thought and speech possible. Since this origin of crime has never been investigated, I repeated this report in my recent book on The First Scientific Proof of God.
My theory of crime will be rejected by atheists because they believe that the human mind is merely a shadow of the brain, just like we have a body shadow when walking in the sun. The atheists will thus say that the origin of crime will be found in flawed biological processes of a person. In other words, crime comes either from birth or external factors such as social interaction, poverty, disease, climates, environment, etc. However, they do not tell us why crime did not rise until the 1960s. They should be able to identify this cause/effect relation, if God does not exist and if the universe is purely physical.
If God exists and if the universe is spiritual/physical, cause/effect relations and stimulus/response relations do not exist in the life of man. This is why Burke is correct to use the pair of opposites, permanence and change to investigate the nature of man. What new certainties were added to the USA? To answer this question, we must identify some the changes.
Beginning with 1940 and WWII, significant changes can be identified. By the end of WWII, the 5-year US economy doubled for the first time. Then, the Korean War stared in 1950. Soon, the Cold War started and a space race began between the USA and the Soviet Union. Then, we landed on the moon in the late 1960s. Crime began to rise in the 1960s. In the 1960s, drug use fashions, and music changed dramatically. Double-digit inflation controlled the economy in the 1970s. The Cold War was ended in the 1980s. In the 1990s, the personal computer, Internet, and hi-tech emerged. In these 60 years, social standards were won by black citizens. But, broken families and marriages increase. But, same-sex marriages begin. By 2000, Hollywood-produced movies and TV programs included sex scenes, never seen before. Soon, pornography appeared on the Internet and legal brothels began to appear. At the same time, lotteries and casinos become legalized. Soon, the 9/11 event would occur and terrorism would become a new certainty to the people of the USA.
These 60-year changes are significant with reference to the nature if the social relations found in the USA prior to 1940. Because of these many changes made in the USA, as shown above, the symbolic languages created and used by the people of the USA are changing drastically. I thus expect considerable confusion among US interactions. This confusion can be expected to divide the nation considerably. For this reason, I expect continued increases in all forms of crime.
Unless God is returned to the USA and if the people of the USA do not understand symbols and symbolic languages, I expect a Civil War in this century and a drastic division of people.