TRAGEDY: A reader has said that education is not enough to prevent the scourge of domestic violence, an issue raised by the death of Phil Walsh.
TRAGEDY: A reader has said that education is not enough to prevent the scourge of domestic violence, an issue raised by the death of Phil Walsh.

Letters: Call for restraint after Phil Walsh's death

Letters: THE violent death of another high profile victim of domestic violence has rocked the sporting world in the person of coach Phil Walsh.

While it is commendable and encouraging to hear that the NSW Government is including a subject of Domestic Violence in the school curriculum, (and Queensland should do the same) education in itself will not prevent this tragic scourge.

As with all forms of violence, one needs to have the capacity to restrain oneself from committing an act of aggression towards a family member even if there is an estranged relationship.

Feelings of prolonged rejection may lead to an act of retribution.

Domestic violence is not primarily a social and moral problem.

At the end of the day ( to use a modern phrase) we are all responsible for our own actions and we have a spiritual problem of the heart.

Let us remember that it was a spirit or attitude of jealousy that caused Cain to lure Abel to a lonely place in the field and slay him (Genesis 4:8), a jealous streak in Saul's nature was also responsible for a vicious attempt upon David's life as David was praised above Saul for success in battle. (1 Samuel 18:7-11).

Domestic violence will only end when the attitude of our heart is changed from within by personal acceptance of God's love towards us ( Romans 5:8) as humans.

Reuel L Howe, in his book the Creative Years, refers to Brooks Adams as making this entry in his diary, "went fishing with my father - the most glorious day of my life".

For 30 years he spoke of that wonderful day.

Yet Brooks' father, Charles Adams, one-time ambassador to Great Britain, made a different comment in his diary ... "went fishing with my son, a day wasted". We as parents of young children often fail to realise the value of time spent with them until they are forever lost.

R MACNISH

Bundaberg



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