Is the loss of life (and lesser valued female life at that) an acceptable, statistically insignificant loss?

Our veneer of civilization is so glossy and beguiling, anything that doesn’t comply or feel compatible with it we ignore because we don’t want to factor it in and we don’t like to dwell on unpleasantness.  In “less civilized societies” if a cobra bites or a wild dog snatches a child or a human predator strikes, the village rises up en-mass and beats the brush and bushes and searches vigorously, diligently to find and eradicate the evil that poses danger to the integrity of the community.

Here we look aside, wait for the grieving family to compose themselves, make nice and show decorum, because it makes us uneasy in our thin skinned civility to contemplate predators in our midst. The price of this strategy, of allowing acceptable levels of human loss, is that the numbers will continue to increase.  Will your wife/mother/daughter/ husband/sister/niece/son have to be part of that growing number before YOU rise up and say NO MORE!!! Primitive people with little food take up sticks and demand justice.  We more civilized folks settle back in our chairs and say “too bad, pretty girl – Next” and hit the remote button.

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2 Responses to “Gil Harrington’s thoughts for August 27th, 2010”

  1. Laura says:

    I can totally get that you feel that way with how things are moving here…. but I just can’t buy into that mind set just yet. I won’t forget Morgan or ever look at her as just one more girl who was a victim of some sick bastard.

    Just tonight, we were at some friends and they pointed out a newspaper article relating to a sexual assault of a 12 year old girl in WI by trusted adults. My first reaction/thought….they should just be shot…. End of story… I am absolutely sick and tired of crimes against innocent victims…. Sorry to be so blunt and unforgiving but I am tired of it.

  2. Laura says:

    I can totally get that you feel that way with how things are moving here…. but I just can’t buy into that mind set just yet. I won’t forget Morgan or ever look at her as just one more girl who was a victim of some sick bastard.

    Just tonight, we were at some friends and they pointed out a newspaper article relating to a sexual assault of a 12 year old girl in WI by trusted adults. My first reaction/thought….they should just be shot…. End of story… I am absolutely sick and tired of crimes against innocent victims…. Sorry to be so blunt and unforgiving but I am tired of it.

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