It is about climbing the crooked ladder.
That basically means crime.
I had a problem with the way the article was written
It seemed to suggest that because the only way up for the minority (In this case, italians, sicillians; the mafia) was to climb the ladder of success via crime
As always the article writer provided references of what the crime chasing families did in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
He was totally objective
While I recognize his objectivity, I understand that most if not all writing are done subconsciously with the intent to change another's way of thinking.
So as much as he was enjoying his writing, what he was really doing was justifying criminal activity.
I look at the bible and I think of Ruth, Esther, Joseph, David and all the ways in which they were the minority
I think of Shedrach, Meshack and Abednego and I know that as much as life's circumstances can throw you for a loop
What you decide to do and eventually do is a function of who you are (basic personality) or who you think you are.
All the above mentioned people started in difficult circumstances but rose to become premiers. They were leaders in a terrible time and their leadership saved thousands of people's lives. Is it Joseph? Or Ruth? Or Shedrach, Meshack and Abednego? Is it David or Rahab?
Joseph preserved Egypt and surrounding nations including his brothers by the wisdom of God that he brought to bear on business while working on behalf of Pharaoh.
Ruth preserved herself and her mother-in-law.
Shedrach Meshack and Abednego, by ruling righteously preserved the lives of several people who could have died at war by making decisions that pleased God.
Esther under the tutelage of Mordecai agreed to risk her life and saved the Israelites form annihilation.
David saved many men from war by living in a manner that pleased God
Rahab saved the Israelite and in turn her family got saved when she hid two spies during the march against Jericho.
All of us in our daily have a responsibility to live pleasing God so that His will may be done on earth. God always has His scheme of things and He is always about bringing the kingdom of God on earth and it is always for our good.
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So what am I saying?
There is no basis for crime to ever be right. No matter how many arguments or debates support it. Because no matter how many people support a lie, the support can never make a lie the truth.
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Do not be conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may approve the good, the acceptable and the perfect will of God.