June 7, 2012
What’ll I write about today? Which of so many news items best illustrates the progress of that wonderful post-Christian culture that’s supposed to make us oh-so happy?
How about the nude cannibal on the freeway who chewed off a homeless man’s face? No—too obvious. Or the gay porn star—imagine him filling out a form that asks you to list your “occupation”—who murdered someone and mailed bits of the body to the offices of assorted political parties? No—the details are too sickening.
What about the “bondage and domination”-themed romance topping the best-seller list? But I’ve already covered that one on my blog. Or the poll in which 77% of the respondents who call themselves “progressives” agreed that the government has the authority to force people to do things that violate their religious principles? Again, too obvious.
One of my chess buddies has sent me a news story which deserves some comment. True, it’s four years old (2008 was such a bad year for America!), but since most of you probably missed it the first time around, here it is, from wpbf.com in Florida, Feb. 1, 2008: “Teens Unremorseful After Stealing From Girl Scout.” There’s even a video available.
According to wpbf.com, a 17-year-old girl walked up to a 9-year-old girl selling Girl Scout cookies on the sidewalk outside a supermarket, grabbed the envelope containing the cookie money, hopped into her friend’s car, and sped away. Police solved the case almost instantaneously, and arrested the two teens at school the next day.
When interviewed on videotape, the robbers displayed a dazzling mix of moral imbecility and just plain brainlessness. They expressed surprise, and even indignation, that they were not allowed to keep the $164 that they stole.
Why did they do it? In their own words, “Well, it’s money. Everybody likes money. I needed the money.” Needed it? Were they starving, and had to buy food? Needed it for what? “Just anything… I bought gas for my car… and a new phone.” Through it all, they smile at the camera. One was sipping a Starbuck’s latte ($5).
They were sorry they got caught. They were “kind of pissed about these charges” that the police were so inconsiderate as to file against them. The headline is accurate: they show no signs of remorse.
More, they show no signs of shame, no hint of embarrassment. They pose for the camera, in case maybe a reality TV talent scout is watching. Maybe there’s a cash prize out there, somewhere, for bald stupidity. There’s no sense of, “Hey, we did a stupid, clumsy crime in broad daylight, in front of people, for a lousy $164 which we frittered away on nothing.” You’d think they’d be ashamed of being showed up as a pair of dolts. But they’re not. They seem to be enjoying the attention.
It has been suggested that these might be just a pair of psychopaths whose example, therefor, can’t really teach us anything. I suppose stupid psychopaths exist, although I’ve never read of any. Usually psychopaths display a form of cunning which can actually fool some people—millions of people at a time, in fact, on Election Day. But these two latte-sucking nitwits wouldn’t fool some poor soul who eagerly forwards all his credit card information to an anonymous e-mailer from Nigeria who promises him a million dollars.
But if these girls aren’t psychopaths, what are they? How do you start out with a perfectly normal baby and, 17 years later, wind up with something like this?
It should be pretty easy, really. Spend as little time with the child as possible. Give her everything she wants, whenever she wants it. Send her to public school to be trained in self-esteem and values clarification. Marinate her in our increasingly toxic popular culture, leaving her moral education up to television.
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Above all, keep her clear of God and Christianity. Our public schools do everything they can to shield children from Jesus Christ, but the parents must do their part, too. A non-Christian may teach his children ethics that parallel Christian morality, and cash in on the cultural capital accumulated by centuries of Christian civilization. Those children will know it’s wrong to steal, even if their idea of why it’s wrong is ultimately hollow.
It takes dedication to raise up true moral imbeciles. Don’t leave it all up to the schools and Hollywood. Original sin is inherited, and some do have a talent for turpitude; but this kind of idiocy must be learned.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com