So, you may remember my earlier blog post about Dormont Dogs, the Captain’s newsworthy actions, and the family. If not, you may want to read that one first. If so, you may want to check out this article from the Dormont-Brookline Patch:
- Barnes Returns to Dormont Dogs | Dormont Dogs co-owner Captain Barnes was arrested in February. After time in Allegheny County Jail, he is back at the Dormont store.
It’s a great article, soiled by crude comments (as are many things found on the internet). I’ve already shown my support by simply being a patron, been “vocal” about my support in blog form, and via comments. I’d like to add some more thoughts here.
Captain committed some illegal acts. He was arrested, sentenced, and served his time. In the eyes of the law, he’s paid his due. It should be settled there, but some of you apparently don’t agree. You look for further condemnation for whatever reasons… a perceived higher moral standard, some internal guilt, jealousy if you felt you’ve ever been punished too harshly for something, or just plain anger.
Captain has put it all out there. He’s admitted guilt, apologized to his family & the community, and he’s ready to move on. You can take the high road, and let him move past this & give him room to prove that he’s worthy of forgiveness.
Mainly, my whole message here is about forgiveness. It’s a simple thing to think about, and to talk about…but it can be extremely difficult to ask for or to give. It doesn’t matter what the situation may be. It doesn’t matter if it’s serious or simple. It does no one any good to hold on to anger or any sort of grudge or agenda.
Most major religions teach forgiveness. I believe there’s a dual purpose outside of the divine. When you find it within yourself to drop the urge to pass judgement and forgive someone, a great weight is lifted off of you. You can physically feel it if your anger or resentment is strong enough. Try it. Let go of the negative. It doesn’t do anyone any good. Leave judgement to the authorities and ultimately whatever higher power you subscribe to.
As for this current situation, a comment by Mike Jones sums it up nicely:
We can’t condone what he did, but it does take a lot of guts to stand up and apologize to the community for embarrassing it. Hopefully he is able to give back to Dormont in a way that would atone for his crimes more than probation or jailtime ever could.
An enlightened sentiment, eloquently stated.
To end on a light note… Johnny Cash was all about forgiving and rehabilitation… all those prison concerts. Who are we to argue with Johnny Cash?
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