One way or another I’m gonna find ya
I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha…
-Lyrics from Blondie’s One Way or Another
Well, the authorities found Tyrannosaurus Rex, the homeless drunk who had been on the run for weeks after having knocked another guest to the ground in an unprovoked attack at a community meal for the homeless and those in need. He now is contained in the jail in Bucks County, PA.
For some strange reason, not everyone is happy about the capture of T-Rex. They evidently don’t want to close down Jurassic Park, but still ask, in the words of Rodney King, “why can’t we all just get along?”
When one of the victims of T-Rex’s attacks came to a community meal after T-Rex was rounded up, he was greeted with dirty looks.
Despite T-Rex running rampant, lunging at other guests at community meals, disturbing their dinner and risking harm, which actually happened, some people still think that dinosaurs and people can peacefully coexist.
Who will tame the savage beast?
I’m a great believer that people, no matter have far they’ve fallen, can be redeemed. After my behavior was on a downward spiral, having fallen into a black hole, I finally hit the ground and turned around. God rescued me and pulled me out of the pit of despair, and has been directing my paths. I sometimes stray and sometimes forget who I am and have to be reminded and have God set me straight.
A counselor at an inpatient treatment center, where I visited a friend with an alcohol abuse problem, told the guests visiting their loved ones to establish rules, set boundaries, but to never condemn them.
We all have a beast inside us. Christians are sinners saved by grace – that is that we are forgiven by God and made right through Jesus’ death on the cross. The concept of The Noble Savage, where the restraints of civilization are removed, creates chaos, which we’ve witnessed in barbaric protests from savages who don’t like the results of the recent election. People are not inherently good.
There is something inside us that tells us to not just do what we feel like doing, that something is wrong. This comes from God.
T Rex and his sidekick, as word in the homeless community has it, harassed a disabled person, who was defenseless. Sometime after that, someone took the poles out of the sidekick’s, who is still at large, tent, flattened it and took the poles.
People in the homeless community, who don’t like snitches, are starting to see T-Rex and his sidekick for the monsters they are. They are having second thoughts about keeping Jurassic Park open.
An aid for The Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) who didn’t really know T-Rex, and AHTN are finally starting to see T-Rex for what he is.
People can change, if they are willing to. Maybe with his extended time out, T-Rex will have a chance to think about what he’s been doing. The victim wants to see T-Rex straighten out – to get help. Help is out there, but you have to want to help yourself. The first step is to admit you have a problem and that you need help.
Recognizing your problem takes longer for some people than others. A guy with a drug problem who used to go to the community meals, as a relative told me, finally started to get his act together. Awhile back, one of the hosts ministered to the man, who was out of sorts. During the meal, he occasionally stuttered that he needs to get treatment. He got it. The rehab is going well. He has a job.
When I was visiting the friend at a treatment center in Bucks County, I ran into this guy. He said that he understood the seriousness of his problem then and followed through on committing himself to getting straight.
This is an example of people that can be worked with. The only thing that can done for incorrigible people such as T-Rex, who is repeatedly drunk and disorderly, is to have them arrested. Maybe someday T-Rex and others with chronic social problems will come around.
A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.