Imagine for a minute you were performing to a crowd of 100,000 people. Random people. All demographics – the largest stadium ever – and you did a quick survey of the crowd.
If you asked that crowd how many of them had been arrested, you might get a lot of hands go up. Obviously it would depend where in the world you were.
In Vietnam the percentage would be low. In China it might be higher. In Europe it could be a lot higher. In the US, apparently, there are as many people that have been arrested as have diplomas – something just under 50% – so there would be a lot of hands go up.
Bear in mind you are simply asking about being arrested.
Some people are arrested for demonstrating against oppression – that is a good thing. Some people are arrested for criminal acts – that is a bad thing. We are not judging. We are simply asking at this point about being arrested for any reason. And – you would get hands go up.
If you then asked that huge crowd how many had been arrested twice, the number of hands would drop.
Three times? Even less hands. Four times – fewer still. Five times? There would be few hands held up in that crowd.
Fact is – there are not many people that have been arrested 5 times. Most people get the message after the first arrest. If they don’t quite get it, the second usually drives the message home.
Of course there are some dumb people – maybe they need 3 arrests before they change.
By the time we get to 5 arrests, we are probably talking about the seriously stupid, and the career criminals.
We say probably because there are some political protestors who are brave enough to put their lives at risk and who endure all manner of hardship and torture and are arrested many times. We admire these people, We appreciate them. We are not talking about them. We are talking about criminals. People arrested for self-serving crimes, not altruistic motivation.
If you asked that huge crowd how many had been arrested 5 times for criminal acts, there would not be many hands. There would still be some though.
Narrow the group – how many arrested in more than one country?
Now ask them how many people have been arrested in more than one country? For any reason.
You would probably get a few hands – but not a large percentage..
Narrow it down. How many have been arrested in 3 countries – 4 countries – 5 countries?
With each new question the number of hands would reduce exponentially.
Not many people have been arrested in 5 different countries.
Narrow it down again – how many have been arrested on suspicion of criminal activity (rather than political or altruistic) in 5 different countries?
It is improbable – No-one has been arrested in 5 different countries for less than altruistic causes!
That’s what you think!
In our scenario there would still be one hand, out of that enormous mass of people, waving proudly in the air – drawing your attention.
Arrested in 5 different countries for self-serving acts. Amazing. But then – that is Carl Freer for you. Carl Freer, in his own words, is perfect.
We make light of it. Think for a minute. How many people do you know that have been arrested 5 times – criminal activities – 5 different countries? Can you draw any conclusions?
Our thought is that it is time for a 6th country to arrest him, A final arrest. After that, no more arrests for least for 15 years or so. Don’t you think?