Member Rara Avis
If someone posted a fictional account of this real-life story, I strongly suspect I would delete it. I know I wouldn't believe it, because the story is beyond belief.
The link below is to a story on Fox News. Maybe I'm over-reacting, but I have to add a disclaimer to this and hope you will trust me enough to know I'm serious - this story, though posted on a legitimate news site, should NOT be read if you are uncomfortable with horror. Because that's what it is. It shows, I think, that cruelty isn't necessarily the most horrific thing in this world, because this story isn't really about cruelty. It's about what happens when cowardice is greater than compassion. It's about selfishness taken to an extreme I would not have believed possible. And, somehow, that makes it so much worse than cruelty.
I read this story almost 24 hours ago, and decided almost immediately to simply try to forget it. I was not going to share it with you, because I felt sharing it served no purpose beyond sensationalism.
Obviously, I changed my mind. I changed my mind because, over the past few days, I have repeatedly seen really good people in these forums expressing serious anger over things that just aren't all that important. I've seen people not just get angry, but purposely try to incite others to anger. Over nothing. Someone seemed insincere. Someone told them the grass was blue. Someone was arrogant. Disagreements are both inevitable and, believe it or not, good. They are just as much a part of communication as are agreements. It's okay to disagree. But why do people have to get mad? Six months from now, how much will the insincerity, the wrong-headedness, the arrogance really matter to you?
Forget the little things. Ignore them. Walk away. If you want to get angry, there are horrors in this world that really merit your anger. This, I think, is one of them.