posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 08:25 PM
Like it or not, we have some super-sensitive issues in our culture, issues that have an emotional impact well beyond a technical assessment of what
has happened. Pedophilia, for example, "unites people in hatred" of anyone so accused, even though the term has a very wide net. For example, in the
fifties when I was not yet in my teens we kids would go into the woods, pull down our pants, and stare at body parts, including, especially, Louie's
sister. We were just curious kids and there was no real sexual issue there because we were simply physically immature, but today we'd go down as
registered sex offenders.
The culture has developed areas of zero tolerance, such as kids making a pointy fingered "gun" with their hands being grounds for expulsion, or
eating a sandwich into the shape of a gun. Compare that to the fifties when we would take our lunch break and go into the basement of the school and
target practice with 22 rifles, properly supervised, of course. Every teenager I knew had a rifle and a shotgun in the trunk of his 57 Chevy and would
as likely bring home a rabbit for dinner as a new girlfriend. Today we find this behavior abhorrent.
Now couple this with our new found "reach." It used to be well nigh impossible to reach multiple parties without multiple work. You wrote letters
one at a time and mailed them separately. You could talk on the telephone, but long distance was expensive and strictly regulated--by our parents who
did NOT want to pay a dollar a minute to call across country when all they made was $2.00 an hour. Long distance was for emergencies only, deaths in
Today it is extremely easy to do something insanely stupid in front of millions of people in the blink of an eyelash. And thus we have the present
situation. Life always has its "unfair" aspects. In the sixties you could go to jail if the cops found a single -er- "seed" on the carpet in your
backseat. (You see? There's even a prohibition here.) People went to jail for 30 years for this stuff. Same thing if you were black and had a white
girlfriend, or (frankly and I saw this with my own eyes, thank you,) were white with a black girlfriend. Society "didn't like it" and one way or
another you would be stopped. If you didn't you'd go to jail, or be beat up in an alley, or otherwise told to toe the line.
So is this "fair"? Of course not. Neither was the fact that Zimmerman even went to trial. Or that the Kennedy boy (not his name, he was a doctor)
was charged with rape, or that OJ got acquitted, or that the sleaze ball took secret campaign money from Edwards and used it to build a house, then
testified against Edwards,
There's all kinds of inequities in the world, and if you don't want to win the Darwin Award, you need to be smart enough to be sensitive to those
hot button topics that anger people beyond any logic or reason. In an ideal world, you shouldn't have to be. You should be allowed to be stupid
without dire consequences. But we don't live there.