Danielle Keeler

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Local news + too much free time = this article

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Watching the local news is one of the most depressing things a person can do.  The number of rape cases, abuse cases, robberies, street beatings, gang activities…the list goes on and on.  It makes me wonder how people can do such horrible things to other people.  What kind of a person is calloused enough to rape, murder and mangle a six year old girl?  Who even has the evil in them to even think of the idea to feed a man to rabid German shepherds?  Or to douse a puppy in gasoline and set it on fire?  The thought that people can even come up with these ideas in their mind is disturbing, even worse is the fact that they have the malice to act on it.

Is this what human beings are truly like by nature?  Perhaps we are all like this at our core, and most of us have just buried it so deeply we believe it no longer dwells within us.  However, in desperate situations, we see humans act in ways that we would have never imagined.  Starving groups of people turn to cannibalism.  Mob mentality can end in gang rape or gang murder.  It’s a scary thought to wonder if I could be capable of such evils.

In William Golding’s, Lord of the Flies, a group of very esteemed choir boys are on a plane, and their plane crashes onto an uncharted island.  Despite their original attempts at civility, the group soon becomes savage, and the end result is one boy being killed by the others in a violent torrent of hands and teeth.  This book is a remarkable example of mob mentality, and what can happen when the restraints and punishments of society are taken out of the equation.  Perhaps the mentality of these seemingly evil people is that they believe they will never get caught.  Perhaps they feel like the punishments that result from these crimes are not real.  They also see things from the perspective that because they cannot feel the thoughts and pain of the other individual involved, that pain is not real.

People often say their dream is to stop crime.  Their dream is to stop pain, abuse and violence.  What I’m starting to think is that, while it’s a pretty picture, it’s something we will never achieve.  The corrupt nature of human beings is simply too strong to be overcome by society’s rules.  Laws may prevent some crimes, as they are stamped into children from a young age (example: “don’t take what is not yours”), but in the end, those rules an be overcome by desire, or more likely, fear.  Fear can rule an individual in a way that no law or instruction has a power to do.  We can only hope that fear never reaches us in the same frightening way we hear about on the news.


Written by Danielle Keeler

August 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

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