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May 31, 2013 at 3:03 PMComments: 8 Faves: 2

We Have Become...

By E.M. Wollof from SLN More Blogs by This Author

In December 2011, 73-year-old Brooklyn native Doris Gillespie entered the elevator of her residential apartment complex. She had just finished a relatively brief shopping trip and was holding an armful of groceries surely meant for a dinner with friends, or a quiet evening alone. It should be mentioned how courageous she was, stepping onto an elevator whilst the city of New York battled with the fear spawned by a woman recently being crushed by the same mode of transportation just days earlier. Her courage would be rewarded as fate saw fit.

At 4pm, Jerome Isaac entered the same elevator dressed as an exterminator. Jerome and Doris knew each other. Doris had hired him to help her move some stuff around. She had then fired him under the belief he had pilfered some of her goods. Jerome was mad about this, and felt as though he deserved recompense for his work; to the tune of around $2,000.

Jerome covered Doris in accelerant and burnt her to a crisp with a Molotov Cocktail.

United States Staff Sergeant Robert Bales slaughtered 8 Afghanistan citizens and promptly returned to base to confess his crimes to a squad mate. Upon hearing his confession, the squad mate dismissed him on grounds of disbelief. Not one to be called a liar, Staff Sergeant Bales went back and slaughtered another 8. He then piled the bodies high and burnt them for all the world to see. A monument to his power.

The American government released many a remorse-filled statement; apologizing for the action taken under the flag and handing out payments to the families. A grief bailout, if you will.

The American government allowed Bales to escape the death penalty with a plea of guilty. They only required that he speak about the incident publicly.

21-year-old Brittany Ozarowski had a drug problem. Heroin was her friend, and he made her clever. He made her clever, but he was expensive and it was getting harder to afford his cleverness. So, Brittany lied. She told the world, through a network of like-minded addicts, that she had cancer and was in desperate need of funds for treatment. A junkie turned fighter.

Her grandmother sold her home for $100,000 and gave it all to clever Brittany.

He father cashed in his IRA and gave $25,000 to clever Brittany.

Walter Warren, a father who had recently lost his son to cancer, held fundraisers to raise money for clever Brittany. To the tune of thousands, he wept and gave to this clever girl.

The public is now worried she will become a poster child for heroin addiction. They worry that clever Brittany may have ruined the flow of donated funds.

A young girl wandering the streets of Foshan, China was hit by a van. The van hesitated for a few seconds, the driver surely having a moral debate on how this "accident" should be handled. Upon coming to a conclusion, the van carried on, running the girl over again with the rear wheels.

17 humans passed by this innocent child as she lay dying in the street. 17 humans that had once been children. 17 humans that either had children, or were in some way privy to their existence. 17.

Citizens cited the fear of being seen as the perpetrator as the reason why they did not help.

Top story in the news today: Nerd god, Patrick Stewart, eats his first slice of pizza.

"Sometimes,' she said, 'they threaten you with something, something you can't stand up to, can't even think about. And then you say, 'Don't do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to so-and-so.' And perhaps you might pretend afterward that it was only a trick and that you just said it to make them stop and didn't really mean it. But that isn't true. At the time when it happens you do mean it. You think there's no other way of saving yourself, and you're quite ready to save yourself that way. You want it to happen to the other person. You don't give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself." - George Orwell - 1984

Image One - Lyric from "Hey You" by Pink Floyd

Image Two - Lyric from "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd

Image Three - Lyric from "In My Tree" by Pearl Jam

Image Four - Lyric from "Downhill" by Rishloo

Image Five - Lyric from "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd

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  • I'm disgusted. I'm absolutely disgusted that there are people out in the world like this.

    I guess when there are 7 billion people allowed to live on this planet you have to swallow the fact that there will inevitably be some major malfunctions.

  • There are many who feel the same way Kage, but little who do anything about it.

  • But is there a viral video of any of these that we can all see and publicize and criticize in the anonymous and wholly detached meaninglessness of social media?

    The problem isn't the size of the forest, it's the genetics of the trees that make them all crooked, smelly, and weak-limbed. People have been acting/dreaming/glorifying this type of behavior since before written history. Start over with but a dozen and one of them will dominate the others violently. You know I'm right.

  • There is certainly a sense of right buried within what you said Sethimus, but your comment counters your certainty. If we can sit here and notice that there is a problem, it means that there is hope. The fact that we are willing to be vocal about it means there is hope. True, we may never see a change in our lifetime, but the effort is what life is about. Without attempting to correct the wrongs, or at least bring them to light, life is a wasted opportunity.

  • You're right. I want to believe that people are better than this. I argued that point years ago, but am not sure the Golding didn't have it pegged in Lord of the Flies. My point with Kage was that it's not the number of people, it's the people. We need to fix the people. We can genetically modify corn, soy, canola, and cows, but we, as a society, have not seemed to make the slightest bit of progress from the barbaric. We're all disgusted by the barbary, yet we defend/hedge/protect it with inalienable rights crap and sweep the Thing we don't want to acknowledge under the rug in favor of the latest celebrity gossip.

  • Now that, I can not argue.

  • who can throw the first stone! we've all done something bad in our life time. Keep praying!

  • I'm curious Nancy, how exactly does prayer address the issue at hand? I say this not with the intent of arguing religion or spirituality, only curiosity as to how the act applies in a positive way.

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