Physical work provides well-being

2018-10-12 06:00

Dear Editor,

Many years ago sufferers of the Yuppie Flu (Epstein-Barr Virus) were treated with sleep therapy. Patients degenerated into lethargy, depression and apathy. Later patients were encouraged to be active so as to stimulate the endorphins in the brain, to ensure a feeling of well-being. Physical activity reduces anger and violence.

The death sentence should be imposed on rapists and those taking the lives of others. DNA evidence is conclusive to identify the perpetrator.

Prison authorities in a high security prison claimed that to counteract gang warfare among inmates, Yoga has proved a calming influence. Many law-abiding citizens, who aspire to participate in Yoga, are unable to afford the cost. Overseas prisons organise labour programmes for inmates - gardening and cleaning for the public, employment at building sites and farming etc. Physical work relieves tension and provides a feeling of self-worth. Prisoners should be employed to clean the increasing filth which is polluting and contaminating the environment.

The media screened a graduation ceremony of violent and serious crime perpetrators, who received free education, board and lodging. How many of my contemporaries starved, struggled to pay for correspondence university study, whilst performing menial employment to raise sufficient revenue! We would be obliged to rise at 5.00 am for work and return during the evening, completing assignments long after midnight.

In this country, the victim is labelled the perpetrator; sympathy is showered on the crime perpetrator.

Many years ago, households could hire the services of prisoners. Inmates opted to participate in these programmes. The youth of today are unable to exercise self-restraint. Life is viewed as valueless. Teachers are attacked and killed. Teachers and religious leaders should be honoured and revered. The media published an account of the murder of a student by his room mate — for removing cold water from the fridge without asking permission. The media reports that rapes and murders of family members and friends are perpetrated by relatives and friends. Consequently, no resident in this country would consider hiring a prisoner, a prosecuted offender.

Yours faithfully

DR L.J. PELTZ

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