“Use your aggressive feelings, boyL let the hate flow through you!” – Emperor Palpatine
In grade school we learned about the Salem Witch Trials, putting people in stockades, witches being tried by mobs, burned at the stake, people being publicly whipped or hanged. We learned though that this was morally reprehensible. And worse was the crowd who delighted in the torture. It goes back even further to people going to the Colosseum and watching people getting killed, gored, eaten by lions. The distaste for people getting pleasure from this was horrifying.
And yet here we are in the 21st century doing exactly the same thing via social media. We feel hate, anger and aggression and we delight in watching people squirm as we verbally abuse, excoriate, and vilify every one, from a dad writing a standard letter of good character for his son to a judge, a son who did a reprehensible thing, yes, but my doubt is real as I wonder what the media has fed the masses on this case, what is real and what is in fact manipulated. I read the dad’s letter, it was a standard take it easy on my kid letter, oh but now the dad is the demon. I am not judging this case, because I don’t have the facts in front of me. And I no longer trust the media.
There but for the grace of God go I.
How many stupid mistakes have I made in this lifetime? And how thankful that so far I haven’t been called out on too many of them. And most thankful that the media has not gotten a hold of my transgressions, because you, me, all of us are now only one stupid mistake away from this aggressive hate filled mob of cabbage and rotten tomato throwers.
*S No worries folks drag your kids to the public hanging. Delight in the strike of the guillotine. Get your sick thrills out of public shaming, out of public life destroying. Get involved, say your piece. You aren’t physically harming anyone, you are just stating your opinion. Call people names, let them see your outrage. Allow the media to manipulate your emotions. These people are not victims, they are at fault and deserve your judgment. Tit for tat. He raped someone so I will socially rape him. He deserves it.
“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”-Buddha
“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.” – Buddha
Tread with caution people, it is only a matter of time before you or someone you love will be thrown to the lions.