Monday, July 15, 2013

We all pay for each others sins and problems

I note, in my own mind, as a reaction to the Not Guilty verdict on George Zimmerman in Sanford FL, for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in a tragic and unnecessary encounter in February 2012, that we often do pay for each other's sins, and when we do, it's very real to us.  It's easy to see how profiling fits into this idea.

There are so many other examples.  Yesterday I wrote a blog post about how parents making what we know are innocent pictures of family intimacy are targeted for prosecutors for political purposes, because they're easier to go after than real "predators".

We all pay for crime committed by "others."  Sometimes it can make us less than we were. Some on the far left, like Noam Chomsky, see street and property crime as a kind of class warfare, and it's easy to see where he is coming from.  That sort of thinking turnings victims into casualties.  Imagine that thinking when pondering the recent tragedy in Boston of domestic terrorism.

And we all pay for the environment, and for the consequences of not taking care of it.  And we pay for not taking care of our infrastructure.

Yesterday, on another blog, I wrote a post about the possibility of huge and long-lived power loss for parts of the country from extreme space weather.  If it happened, it might the end of hyper-individualism and personal autonomy as we know it, and a call for "radical hospitality"

I know the Christian religious argument, as to why we need a Savior.  There is no way not so sin,  That's almost a tautology.

Picture: Vietnam, Smithsonian Museum of American History

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