Question: Kevin Strickland was 18 years old when he was convicted for shooting and killing and given a life sentence. He served 42 years and only now was it revealed that the charges were false. A witness who survived the shooting had pointed him out as one of the shooters. She had doubts, but hesitated in telling the truth because she was afraid of accusations in her direction. She later admitted that she was pressured by the police.
How does a person who has wrongly imprisoned another for 42 years feel?
Answer: It’s hard to imagine.
Question: Why is such a thing given to a person?
Answer: We don’t know what kind of punishments these are and what kind of corrections they are. Unfortunately, we don’t know what it is at all.
Question: So it was directed from above?
Answer: Of course, it is all from above. There is a purpose to this.
Question: Can an innocent man who has been in prison for so many years justify society and people?
Answer: I think he no longer has the strength to be against anything. He has already cried everything out, his hands have dropped, and he continues to simply live.
Question: How can we accept that there is such a punishment from the Creator? It’s not your fault, but you’ve been locked up for years. You talk about the Creator all the time. How can this be accepted?
Answer: I think that here we still need to figure out what is really happening above oneself and above this circumstance. After all, in order to understand the decision of fate, you need to be above what it did to you within the place where these questions are being decided.
Therefore, I don’t think that a person who has served so many years will just live with this organic hatred. He will still have to mature over all these years and reach the point that it’s not about people and not who decided, but it’s about some kind of upper management and a plan that needs to be understood.
Question: So it will sweeten his feeling?
Answer: No, not only sweeten, if I want to engage in scrutinizing such questions, I have to put it on the level of fate. It’s not just someone who wanted something or someone who did something.
Question: Is this already a correct step when a person begins to think: “Why is this done to me? What did the Creator do to me?” And so on?
Answer: Yes, he wants to penetrate into the plan of actions and this is already higher than a person and really the level of the Creator.
Question: I wonder if it would be justified for a person to suffer for so many years in order to come to such a thought?
Answer: Of course. Undoubtedly.
What is 40 years and in general what is human life? If he had lived it as some kind of locksmith or technologist, or no matter who and what, he would have had children or would have been imprisoned for petty theft and so on. But he would not have been able to scrutinize such questions that he may be thinking about in prison if he had his freedom.
And in freedom his life would have been like in prison, where he would live only inside himself and his egoistic thoughts. When he is in prison, then he will be free from his egoistic thoughts and maybe he will think within the framework of real freedom.
Question: If he rises to the Creator in his thoughts, will he be in dialog with Him? And do you think that even these sufferings for many years are justified?
Answer: Of course! These are all small things and are considered egoistic whining.
Question: Only to come to these thoughts?
Answer: Of course!
Question: So if he comes to these thoughts, then his whole life is justified?
Answer: Of course. Not only life, but precisely the kind of life that would have otherwise seemed to him that death is better than such imprisonment. He begins to understand that this is not imprisonment, but is in fact freedom. And where he would have felt freedom before he now feels the captivity.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/6/22