Sunday, August 3, 2008

Peace versus Pacifism

22 year old Tim McLean was decapitated, gutted, and partially eaten. There is no way he could have defended himself from the attack and even a Marine would have probably suffered the same fate. But it should be noted that McLean seemed to be a very trusting person. These are some accounts of Tim:

"He was a little guy with a heart bigger than you could know. He made friends effortlessly, disliked no one and accepted everyone for who they were,"

"He was such a sweetheart. I cannot think of anybody who would not miss him,"

"To anybody who knew him, he was that bright, bubbly, happy guy. He was always out for fun. I already miss him."

"He was a sweetheart. He was tiny. We all called him Tiny Tim. He picked on me because I was smaller than him. But it was all in good fun. He'd never even hurt a fly. He wouldn't even kill an ant if it was crawling up his leg.”

There is a societal lesson in this somewhere, but I can’t put my finger on it. It has something to do with being too accepting. That there is a difference between peace and pacifism. That there is something wrong with our society when the cannibal is only being charged with 2nd Degree Murder.

2nd Degree Murder? The guy should be shackled in the middle of downtown for a week and then be shot. One thing that will be lost this century is irrational idealism.

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