25 09 11 - 16:42The use of pity-objects is endemic in our society.
If you have something to cover up, say some misdeeds, listen carefully:
You can fool most of the idiots by doing a public, symbolic act of charity.
Find the person who is least likely to ever succeed. When others are watching, give them a token gift.
The easiest way is to drive your Lexus SUV on over to the soup kitchen and volunteer for an afternoon. Feed the alcoholic, insane and criminal.
Now your little sins -- scamming your taxes, cheating business partners, divorcing your faithful wife to marry a stripper -- are magically erased!
You have put a new image in their minds.
Keep those pity-objects near, because you'll need them.
Here's one from last week -- a cop-killer who looks innocent on TV:
Davis was scheduled to die at 7 p.m., but the hour came and went as the U.S. Supreme Court apparently weighed the case. More than three hours later, the high court said it wouldn't intervene. The justices did not comment on their order rejecting Davis' request for a stay. - AP
It doesn't matter whether he's innocent.
He's black, poor and on death row. That looks like injustice to the TV watchers who see similar archetypes in movies and books.
The cop he killed? Probably busted people like you for drugs or DUI. The bastard!
Very few noticed this one:
"One down and one to go," Billy Rowles, the retired sheriff who first investigated the horrific scene, said. "That's kind of cruel but that's reality."
Byrd's sister, Clara Taylor, said someone from her brother's family needed to be present to watch Brewer die so she was among witnesses in the death chamber.
"He had choices," she said Tuesday, referring to Brewer. "He made the wrong choices." - USA Today
This man did something monstrous and cruel also.
The evidence could also be argued to be shady.
We don't weep for him.
Why worry about Troy Davis?
Oh, because it gives you a simple ability -- the ability to look your neighbors in the eye and say, "I was at the Troy Davis protest vigil, and so I am better than you."