Thursday, July 7, 2011

blood thirsty

"He who fights monsters should see to it that in the process, he does not become a monster. And when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you." - Nietzche

I know I am full of quotes lately, but I guess I am more in a listening phase, more than a talking phase. However, I will reflect a little on this quote.

If you live in American, then you have heard about The Casey Anthony Trial. A Young mother jailed and then put on trial for the murder of her young child Caylee. The trial was televised and had many Americans glued to the tube. It has been the talk of facebook, the media and now has perpetuated on to rants on because Casey was found not guilty by a jury of her peers. I have done my best to avoid the constant media coverage. It has proven to be difficult as the ongoing drama of Casey Anthony. It has been everywhere.

It makes me sick.

First, I never have enjoyed shows like 48 hours and the stories of murder and who-done-it. I dislike the crime TV series such as CSI or Law and Order that is broadcasted every night on prime time. I don't like violent or horror movies. I don't want that type of information fed into my brain and soul.

My youngest told me that all of her friends are talking about "that trial". She told me that kids shouldn't be watching that kind of stuff, they should be allowed to just be kids. Obviously, she is repeating my sentiments, as this is not the first time this has come up. But I sure am relieved she is not repeating hate.

I believe we, as human are relatively new to these real-time experiences of crime, violence and gore. I think whether people are conscious of it or not, it embeds itself into our being, and therefor  into our collective consciousness as a people. I am afraid that this overkill (no pun intended) of bad, scary, news is now becoming common place. Scientifically, our brains were not meant to take in this much trauma.If you think your immune, is that something you want immunity of?

America is turning into a blood thirsty society. The details of these stories have to be more sensational and morbid, for that rush. We loose a sense of inner peace when we expose our souls to the horrors of the world. We watch real time War on TV like it is a movie. Cheering for the bombs. We are drawn to the video feeds of watching a tsunami sweep away a village, or planes crashing into tall buildings, played over and over,... and over.
He who fights monsters should see to it that in the process, he does not become a monster.

Which brings me back to the latest drug of choice for America:. Hating Casey Anthony because she got away with killing her child. There are facebook posts, youtube videos with death threats and venomous language coming from a people who revel in their freedom and live in a land that was Blessed by God.We live in a Democracy. We have these laws in place so that the innocent do not go to death for something they did not do. I don't know if Casey killed her child. I wasn't there. I wasn't there when Casey grew up, or how she got to the place where she is at now. I do know, Casey Anthony is a product of this very culture. She, is a representation of us.
And when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you
People, if you can splash some cold water on your face and come back to your soul-self. You would look around and be thankful, perhaps hug your children and tell them how proud of who they are. You would teach them not to hate and how to care. You would show them compassion and grace through your own actions. If you want to make a change on the earth, you have a short amount of time to imprint your positive energy. Give without expecting back. Reserve judgment on your fellow travelers, or at the very least reserve judgment until you have walk a mile in their shoes.Stop feeding off of hate, and dine of some love. Turn off the TV and see if you can do a little something to help out, in your own world. And if you cant help somebody, please try not to harm them.



  1. How true Crow.

    I used to watch horror films but lately they have taken rather a sinister turn to, well basically murder porn. There is nothing, it seems, too sickening or deprave to be put onto the large or small screen.

    Now I'm no prude. But I made a conscious effort to avoid these films and tv shows too.

    Like you, I'd rather have nice, good, healthy thoughts buzzing around my head than the memory of something really nasty I'd seen on the screen the night before.

    Some of these things just don't go away...

  2. Finding beauty in the simple things life offers such as helping others as well as the little things makes it all worth while...:)JP

  3. you have voiced EXACTLY what I have been thinking lately about "the trial."

  4. I could have written this! I agree with this word for word.

    And I think the jury did the right thing, and how hard it must have been for them, how easy it would have been to do the wrong thing... but it is better to free the guilty than condemn the innocent. That's how our justice system works.

  5. This is why we shut off our tv 4 years ago. And I don't miss it one bit.

  6. My complaint is irresponsible newscasting. We have courts and juries to weigh the evidence and come to a judgement. I'm thankful to not have had to be in their situation and trust that they came to the conclusion the evidence lead them to.
    I believe in free speech but I also believe in common sense. Some things on Facebook just should not be said. What is the point in reporting a baseball fans' death over and over today only to have that not even worthy of a mention tomorrow? It's just wrong for a family to have to see that whenever the news is turned on. Wrong for his family and wrong for any family.
    I'm thankful for the jury and judicial system and am thankful I was not in their shoes. I trust that they weighed the evidence and reached a conclusion the evidence lead them and not where rabid reporters would have taken them. I have to have faith in that.
    I think your post should be required reading for moms in labor. Perhaps there'd be less usage of the TV as babysitter if they could see this thru your eyes.
    Well said dear Crow.

  7. Thank you. Yours is the first voice of reason I've seen on the subject.


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