“I’d no sooner finished writing down the library material when the phone rang, almost as if the subject matter from the book had triggered the call. It was from a young man who told me that a friend of his had just been murdered. She had only been seventeen years old, and the police had no clues.
“He asked if I could get any impressions that might lead to the murderer’s capture. I’d had a few calls of this nature before, and they always upset me. Now, with the latest library material in my mind, I suddenly understood why.
“Atonally I handled the call in the same way I had the previous ones, but this time I didn’t have divided feelings about my own attitudes. I told the boy that I’d send energy to the dead girl—because I do believe that consciousness is responsive after death—but I told him that I wouldn’t get involved in trying to track down her murderer. In the past I was always tempted to help (it’s impossible not be swayed by the emotions of the people involved) but when I got to the point of saying “All right, I’ll see what I can do,” something always stopped me.
“Now my reasons seemed so simple and clear that I wondered at my previous opaqueness. I wasn’t going to use my abilities to track down another human being, no matter what he’d done. The crime-and-punishment kind of psychic politics wasn’t mine. Certainly it operates in our system, and there doesn’t seem to be an acceptable alternative as yet, but hunting down an assailant just isn’t for me. I believe too thoroughly that we create our own reality, for one thing—an unpopular belief where violence is concerned—but I’m convinced that the victim-to-be picks out the assailant with as much skill and craft as the murderer seeks his victim, and until we learn much more about both, we’ll get nowhere battling crime. I’m not justifying murder by any means, but I’m saying that the victim wants to be murdered—perhaps to be punished, if not by a vengeful god then by one of his own fellows, and that a would-be murderer can switch in a minute and become the victim instead; and that the slayer wants to be slain.
“Because we’ve never faced such issues, we’re in a position where we must turn part of our society into paid killers, either as policemen or soldiers, to protect us, hence continuing the process. I pay taxes which help to maintain the same system, of course. But I’m not going to actively hunt down anyone for any reason. An ambiguous attitude, perhaps. In the meantime, I hope that my own work will help us understand ourselves better, so that no one needs to be an attacker or a victim.”
‘Psychic Politics’, chapter 17- “Politics of the Focus Personality” by Jane Roberts