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“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Oct 4, 2018 by

That expression usually refers to the idea of “karma” delivering eventual payback to people who inflict wickedness on innocent folks.  Philosophically it can also describe immortality, in that we are told that matter never dies but just changes form.

That’s small comfort for me to know that 40 years ago, when the barber gave me a crew cut, the hair that feel to the floor and was swept away still maintains my DNA somewhere. But where and how do I get there?

It’s an appealing thought and a tempting belief that what has gone around to do harm may come back to heal like a self-correcting eternal recurrence. 

A story in Newsday last week illustrates how the spoils of evil can be recycled into good.

Money seized from drug dealers in Nassau County was appropriated for use in opioid prevention programs in schools and to fund Operation Natalie, providing mapping technology that helps law-enforcement to identify narcotics hot-spots.

What went around came around indeed!  The local authorities “came around” to make a wise choice.

When high-profile murderers write memoirs that get published and sold , the proceeds are sometimes withheld from the author and donated to victims.  Such forfeiture is a great idea, but is the exception rather than the rule.

Imagine what a windfall it would be if this practice were extended to white-collar crime also. Think of all that tainted Wall Street largess being cleansed and put to altruistic use. 

It’s time for government everywhere to “come around” by creating community assets from all the ill-gotten gain that goes around.
Ron Isaac


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