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Sadly, you can't make this stuff up

My friend Leslie wrote a song that started with the line "I can't watch the news no more." I don't know if she meant she can't watch stuff like this:
Man on trial for putting baby in freezer
Police say mother microwaved her baby
You know, I almost had a glimmer of hope for the future of humanity for a moment. Then I saw both of these stories in the same day. If you're looking for me, I'll be in a dark place curled up in the fetal postition and going "rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...."

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altivo
Nov. 29th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Still at work at 8 pm?

Actually, I think of these stories as proof that there are still evolutionary forces at work on Homo sapiens. It seems obvious that parents like that are not genetic material that should be allowed to propagate. I know it's still a horrible story, but nature isn't always pretty either.
songdogmi
Nov. 29th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
I left work right after I posted that. I get in pretty late, so to make up for it I stay late. That way I get some work done without noisy co-workers. :)

Maybe it's evolution still at work. That's assuming, though, that the kids would've ended up just as messed up as the parents, so it's better that the evolutionary line ends. I didn't read the articles all the way through, and they probably didn't reveal enough details to know whether stupidity, insanity, desperation or evil motivated the parents. It still sucks that the children suffer they way they do, and not the parents.
altivo
Nov. 29th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh certainly, I agree with you there. This seems to be a problem primarily in wealthy countries like our own, too. Oddly enough, though children die of disease and malnutrition in poor societies, they are never just thrown away by their parents the way infants are here.

I'm afraid it's just another sign that we are overpopulated. Overcrowding induces madness in any species. Providing easier access to contraception and sex education would solve both problems at once, but of course we can't do that because it offends the moral notions of some people.
songdogmi
Nov. 29th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Maybe, too, this sort of thing doesn't happen in places where people aren't all shut up in their own little homes with little contact with extended family or a community. If we lived more communally, there'd be more parenting expertise and supervision, and problems could be headed off before they become awful headlines. I'm a little leery of posing this as an Ultimate Solution (one of a series, collect them all), because there are surely examples where a communal experience doesn't work out either. Still, you'd think SOMEONE would've seen what was happening and stopped it short of tragedy.
altivo
Nov. 29th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there's truth to that. American (by which I mean US) culture is still very strongly shaped by Calvinist Puritanism. It's amazing how pernicious that twisted little view of reality has turned out to be. In my opinion, it has engendered much of today's polarization over religious issues and morals, and is also responsible for the ecological disasters that we have perpetrated and the social fragmentation to which you are pointing.

Many better elements were inserted into US culture, often quite early (the Quakers, for instance, and the Mennonites) but they were assimilated so completely that their ideas and outlook are almost lost today outside of their own tiny enclaves. Calvinism, however, with its notions of predestination and divine election, literally defines the attitudes of the Republican party and the majority of the population most of the time.
jjfmi
Nov. 29th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
Holy s....
Every now and again, I wonder how good a father I am to my daughter. (She's turning out just fine, mind you, but sometimes I wonder how *I'm* actually doing as a father.)

I read a story like either of these and think that I can't be doing that badly. On the other hand, I would be more than happy to find other means of reassurance, if it means I don't ever have to read about these families again.

It's possible that the freezer story could be chalked up to sheer stupidity. But the microwave? That's the kind of act that makes me hope that Ohio has a death penalty.
songdogmi
Nov. 29th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Holy s....
There is such a long way between you and the parents in the news articles, that you could be far worse and still be way better than they are.
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