posted on Sep, 28 2012 @ 11:03 PM
I find it very hard to understand those who claim that hearing about these things makes them angry. It is certainly saddening and depressing – one
more example, if you like, of the tragic misery and futility that often attend our lives – but how could it possibly make you angry? Angry with
whom? A foolish, frightened teenager? Her parents? The society in which such things can happen? The powers that be? Barack Obama?
Come on, people. You don't know the first thing about the real circumstances under which this happened. All you have is news reports. You don't know
the girl, you don't know her parents, you don't know her social milieu, what her home and school life are like, what handicaps, emotional or
economic, she may suffer. You don't know how she felt, what went through her mind. How can you possibly judge her?
Or do you feel none of that matters? She sinned, you say, she committed a crime – murder, no less – and is thus a worthy object of anger, someone
who ought to be punished. Really? By what lights are you entitled to judge a situation you know nothing about? Are you so sinless you can afford to
cast stones? Could you stand innocent before a judge as strict, and as uncaring of the facts relating to the case, as yourself?
What this girl has done is wrong – no question about it – but it does not make her an evil person. Her crime – infanticide – is one of the
oldest and commonest in the world. Usually, the motives for it are rather easy to understand – and forgive. That needn't be the case here, but who
are we, strangers who know nothing of the circumstances, to decide the issue? You're just letting your emotions be manipulated by the media.
Personally, I find nothing remarkable, nothing worth discussing, about this incident. It is not at all original. It is not part of a trend. It does
not highlight some problem of society that needs to be addressed. It does not give evidence of deteriorating public morality. It is not a harbinger of
Judgement Day. It is just another tabloid storm in a teacup.
I'm not saying it shouldn't be talked about, discussed, reported on in the media and made the subject of a thread on ATS. If people think it's
worth discussing, then I suppose it is. But let's send the moral high horses back to the stable, shall we? They're designed for heavy haulage, not
for something as trivial, and meaningless, as this.