Date: Jun 26th, 2019
Motion: THR the idea that temperature is related to crime
Role: PM (gov.)
Dear Ladies, Gentlemen, Chair and Congregation,
It has come to our attention that certain quarters think that the warming of temperatures in this country is associated with a bigger rate of crime overall. You can read a digest of the claim here (in Swedish). The main focus is on assaults and batteries, rapes and robberies. It is claimed that 29°C, about 84.2°F is the aptest temperature for especially that kind of crime.
As the Prime Minister of the proposition, I would like to say that this issue hits the nail on the head when it comes to how certain things causate or correlate with other things or how they co-exist without no relation whatsoever. Let me take you on a journey of ”crime-think”. Let us think about the circumstances in which any person or some people may commit an aggressive, criminal or an offensive act and, thus, end up in a court of justice eventually.
Embezzlement, Property Crimes and Theft
One of the biggest reason why people commit crimes against property is opportunity. They embezzle, steal or rob because an opportune moment comes along. It may be that a) the target is more than worthwhile or b) the likelihood of getting caught is nil or c) both. This is an exact moment when people turn criminal in one way.
Interpersonal Relationships and Violent Crime
There is a special chemistry between all people. Some people, mutually, get along especially badly. It may be that the surrounding circumstances are to blame, or other people. They may be aggravating, contributing factors. What is common to most of the perpetrators is a low self-esteem, bad impulse control and a higher than usual feeling of some undesirable emotion, such as envy or pride out of control. When this, in turn, causes an act of homicide or some lesser infliction of injury, it can be said that the process has been under way for some time and things just reached the boiling point at some point thereafter. But that it was all in the cards, anyway.
Vice Crime and the Abuse of Drugs and People
One of the key reasons why people commit vice crime is that they regard them as victimless crimes. If they abuse drugs, they regard it as their personal problem. If they die, it’s their own ”problem”. If they abuse people (think of it as incest, human trafficking or prostitution), they consider the victim partly to blame for his or her condition and the crime such that it does not cause any bodily harm or injury. They do not think about any other consequences. As a consequence, people engage in vice crime blithely and usually without a sense of guilt.
I have already covered a vast field of crime here, and to me it seems that none of this has any function with weather or temperature. The functioning is not even correlational, so that there should be a trigger or a link. In my opinion, most of the aforementioned types and acts of crime occur at their own pace, building up, being triggered, being released, and that is outside the scope of the circular or meteorological cycles of the Earth. If there is a circadian-cycle or weather-pattern link to crime, it has to do with light/dark instead. I.e. when night time falls, crime proliferates due to the sheltering cover of the night. And when autumn comes after summer, the same happens for the same reasons.
Evil is incomprehensible to us. We are so frightened about crime that we try to come up with explanations for it where none can be found. Crime co-exists with the weather without any relation whatsoever.
Arvio: Puheen pontimena oli todellakin julkaistu artikkeli, joka puolestaan pohjautui erilaisiin julkaistuihin tutkimuksiin vertaisarvioiduissa journaaleissa. Asiaa ei tietenkään tarvitse purematta niellä. Yritän tuoda esiin, miten tutkimustulokset eivät käy järkeen eivätkä laatuun ja miten koko asian takia saattaa vain olla pyrkimys laittaa ilmastonmuutoksen piikkiin yhä enenevässä määrin myös asioita, jotka sen piikkiin eivät kuulu, osana joukkohysteriaa. Jätän kuitenkin täysin tarkoituksella puoleni muille osanottajille ilmaa ja tilaa tuoda tätä asiaa esiin puuttumatta siihen sen kummemmin. (Kuvituskuva ei tule puheessa esille, vaan se on vain sanoitettu jälkiviisaasti.)