Friday, June 18

I've sat here numb all day to the news of yet another beheading, this time of Paul Johnson, Jr. What a horrible way to go. The numerous links to the videos showing the act make me wonder about human nature: Admittedly I'm curious about what it'd be like to see something like that, but out of respect for a man I never knew, a man at the wrong place at the wrong time, I will never ever ever click that link. What is it about human nature that makes us want to look at tragic things, like this video, or car wrecks, or other gruesome things? No link to this rant, just a lot of sadness for the condition of the world today. Can you imagine going out of this world in such a way? Sad. My heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Johnson's family.

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:07 AM

    I couldn't agree more. I've always thought that the ability to overcome our base insticts, like this morbid curiosity, was a defining human quality. Unfortunately, it seems like a characteristic that is becoming less common. Much like the simple respect you spoke of toward Mr. Johnson. It's nice to know there are people out there like you, who still exhibit some of our best human qualities - repsect, compassion, and self-control.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Anonymous11:39 AM

    well put.... attitudes such as yours do much to undermine the goal of these vermin. it is still disturbing, however, that a point of view on this subject can still be taken that would find fault with "ourselves". stop hatin' so much. you are a good person. "they" are the creeps. there is a good and bad side in this struggle.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  4. In response to "stop hating" comment above, thanks for your words and thoughts. I don't hate - admidst all of this craziness I still have hope and belief in human nature. I just think it indeed is a sad state of affairs and although this is a naive statement, maybe if people thought more of others and not so much about themselves then maybe the world would be a better place. Curiousity and wonder are good but this type of thing saddens me.

    ReplyDelete