Let’s be clear: I’m not referring to the movie starring Bill Murray, even though it holds a smattering of truth in the gestalt of the human condition. I merely wish to draw attention to Americans’ intellectual laziness; allowing others to decode events, add their personal brand of half-truths and innuendoes and then, label it as “truth”.
Clocks everywhere are ticking...counting down the minutes until October 15. Who’s going to blink? If Democrats surrender, it will open the door to similar hostage-taking strategies by the lunatic fringe of the GOP for the rest of political history.
“Putting down” a human being in the same manner as an animal is abhorrent to me. The death penalty seems pointless. It doesn’t deter crime. It doesn’t rehabilitate the offender. It doesn’t bring back the dead. It doesn’t bring closure to either family.
So, what, exactly, is its purpose?
It’s taken many years for me to appreciate the excellent graduate training I received at Texas Tech under Drs. Camille DeBell and Gerald Parr. At the time, I was frustrated with the amount of time devoted to counselor ethics, but over time, my frustration turned to gratitude.
Color me disgusted. Color me outraged and indignant. Add dispirited, disheartened, depressed, and discouraged to the list.
Those emotions are inspiring fuel for writing, but not conducive to inner peace.