I just read an article, really a news version of a police report, about a father who murdered his three daughters in cold blood. You can read about the details (not all the details, thankfully) here. But one wonders what kind of world we live in where fathers kill their daughters. Probably the same world where mothers kill their babies by the thousands daily. The religious among us often look at certain cultures in biblical times that were placed under the judgment of God and we say, “Rightfully so! Look at their immorality.” Or we gasp with horror at the devilry of a Hitler or Stalin, the concentration camps and genocides of the last 100 years or so. But are we so different? We recoil at the stories of infants thrown out onto refuse piles in Roman times. We are only more sanitary. And our sanitized barbarism is worse than the full-throated savagery of the ancients. They had the courage to be evil—openly evil. The righteous saw it for what it was. Our modern savages are worse than anything Hitler or Stalin dreamed up. Their evil is so clean that we fail to recognize just how atrocious they are.
We modern, civilized savages bemoan and bewail the backwards and intolerant haters who cut off the heads of their enemies with less than razor sharp utensils. Maybe they should evolve to a more advanced way of ridding themselves of the useless tissues called Infidels; for instance, they could just burn them to death in some sort of solution. Ah, but the primitive folk… will they ever reach our heights of achievement? 9-11? Ha! We outpace that every day in our clinics!
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