Monday, July 28, 2008

Some Sad Echoes

The terrorist bombing stories from Iraq, India and Turkey and the story about the man who killed two members of a Unitarian Church in Tennessee are all about violence which doesn't care who gets killed. In a sense there is no "collateral damage", because the target is to cause as much general death as possible. Nameless general death.

Remember the term "culture of death"? This was applied to any secular societies which allowed abortion, for example. I think the term would be much more appropriate for cultures which glorify the killing of already born people and especially of already born people the killer doesn't even know. Of course most cultures would then be given that title. We haven't really gotten very far with anger management.