“The attraction of horror is a mental, or even an intellectual, excitement, but the fascination of the repulsive, so noticeable in contemporary writing, can spring openly from some rotted substance within our civilization …”
Think about it. We have a form of pornography that is almost passe. It is a horrible sin to show a nude butt or breasts but we let psycho-social imagery of young girls provocatively dressed and then brutally assaulted and maybe beheaded or otherwise violated.
We yawn if someone is brutally murdered. And then talk about sexual deviance and ignore the greater sexual smut. It is… misogyny. It depicts nubile young women as sexual objects and then murder them in a frenetic bloody massacre. We then try to figure out why children and young people become so perplexed. A sociopath sees a target rich environment and apologists make every excuse for that aberrant behavior.
When the truly horrific happens, we were far too busy talking about help, charity and sponsorship. Where were we when a poor bullied child is sobbing and sitting on a floor in the middle of the school? Do we call it teen angst or do we analyse the problem and get that confused person some help?
Then stories like Casey Anthony (talk about a sociopath) or Tanya Harding happen, or Tiger Woods, OJ Simpson and The Fish that Stole Pittsburgh and when we can’t get enough of the slanderous, especially the sexual, we go even further and become transfixed over the almost cult-like feel of one of these scandals.
At the same time, sexual and physical abuse go unchecked. We moralize, we rant and we talk about justice and let the poor bugger die of exposure to the cold because we were too busy with Foxy Knoxie Amanda Knox.
Yet do we try to understand and fix the root of the problem? Do we get the person convicted of sexual deviancy a way to get better? Or do we release these people back into the mainstream to do what they do?
Where has mercy and love gone? We talk of no tolerance but we arrest a kid using a banana as a gun and missing that AK-47. Teens mug and kill a feeble 90 year old and then spend weeks on a questionable murder, in a time with potentially sociopathic cops, charlatan evangelists and parents more eager to settle out of court than helping the victim.
People say there are no rehabilitating murderers and sexual predators and yet we leave unstable people to roam the streets and they don’t even need a gun to cause a lot of heartbreak. What do we do for the victim and why the victimizer did it in the first place? Many times the perpetrator was hurt in the same way. If we are consistent we realize a huge problem. That easy fixes usually are Hollywood fantasies.
As soon as the hype dies down, the victims are virtually forgotten by the media. Trayvon Martin is still dead. The poor old 90 year was yesterday’s news. Media has become a breeding ground for narcissistic and delusional circus freaks. They exploit the story and then do absolutely nothing. The killer continues to kill and the sexual deviant continues his or her deviancy.
No solutions, no ideas of when some relief may come and just waiting for a chance to editorialize even more.
Seeing Nancy Grace huff and puff about the latest scandal or crime, one gets the feeling that these crimes are the highlight of their day.
That we can talk about tolerance (or the lack of) for opposing ideas even if they are in the majority. Wrong will always be wrong but we lack the courage to call wrong wrong and right is really right.