30 May 2012

We Walk Together And Feel Alone

Sometimes...you just wonder what goes so wrong in some people's minds. Reading the news tonight...

I don't know. After all the years in my job, I feel like I shouldn't be shocked. Perhaps it's good I am though. Perhaps some things can't ever be understood. Some people. Some actions.


38 comments:

pandabob said...

If some people ever start making sense to you you know you're in trouble!

Shocking things happen and will never make sense however many other shocking things you see. :-(

REReader said...

I'm sorry--could you put a link to the story, perhaps? Or is that not a good thing to ask?

Trills said...

The truly horrible thing is that I can think of a few headlines I've seen today that could cause this reaction.

Anon Without A Name said...

ReRe - it's this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-18261680. The parents of six children who died in a housefire have been charged with their murders.

Lestrade - I think being shocked is a perfectly natural reaction. Even for a hardened copper who's seen a lot of murder and horror. Something bout the idea of parent's murdering their kids; and not in fit of uncontrolled rage but something much more deliberate and calculated. It's horrific.

Greg Lestrade said...

Trill - exactly. It's not one thing.

RR - Well, it's not exactly comfortable reading, but you can have them. In no particular order.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-18267382

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18240460

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-18261680

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18241494

And every other senseless killing in the news right now.

Anon Without A Name said...

(I'm assuming it's that, anyway. Certainly I heard people discussing it today saying they simply couldn't believe that it could be true, on the grounds that they couldn't conceive of parents killing their own children.)

pandabob said...

when you see it all in black and white it does make the world look like a place we all need to escape from :-(

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade - I'd seen the coverage of the Houla massacre, but I hadn't seen the other two.

Fuck, the world's a shitty place sometimes :-(

REReader said...

Thank you, L and Nameless.

It is all truly incomprehensible, L. The really sad thing is that it's more usual to NOT react with shock and horror, we've become so inured to it all.

(I could add a few from my own area--but I'd really rather not.)

Greg Lestrade said...

There was a much more detailed report on Houla I read at work - it's behind a paywall though. It was just...how could anyone kill a child like that? Kill anyone? And then, yeah, everything else, those six kids, Red, everyone who is killed needlessly.

Small Hobbit said...

It's very difficult to find the words to express how awful it all is. To behave like that does seem totally incomprehensible.

But I disagree about escaping from the world. Better surely to stay and try to make it a better place for at least one person.

REReader said...

Better surely to stay and try to make it a better place for at least one person.

Yes.

Greg Lestrade said...

Well we're all here, still. We've all made that choice.

pandabob said...

Some days make me want to hug random people I meet who look sad just to try and make them smile this is one of those days. cyber hugs might be a poor second to real ones but I'd like to send hugs to everyone who needs them or the instruction to them and their other halves to hug each other :-)

Desert Wanderer said...

Well we're all here, still. We've all made that choice.

Darn it, Lestrade. Now you've made me feel guilty for buying that private tropical island. And I just got the pool cleaned, too. :(

REReader said...

Now, now, DW--vacations are still allowed! In fact, they are probably vital.

...How do you feel about guests?

John H. D. Watson said...

Thanks, DW. That made me smile, and I needed it after today.

Greg Lestrade said...

DW - I meant here as in alive. You're welcome to be alive on a tropical island with a clean pool.

Greg Lestrade said...

Sorry, I'll cheer up. Didn't mean to drag everyone down with me.

Desert Wanderer said...

Do what I can, Doc. There seems to be a lot of "I needed it after..." going around lately. That's also the reason behind the unicorn pic.

Are you trying to get rid of me, Lestrade? I'm hurt.

Guests kind of defeat the purpose of "private island," no, RR? Although, to be honest, I don't like water (hence why I'm not in the Navy), so maybe I could donate it to a worthy cause. Maybe something like the Association of Random Multinational Approvers of Doctor-Inspector Licentious Liaisons Organization.

Greg Lestrade said...

Sounds like an organisation that's soft on the inside, crunchy (and tough) on the outside, DW.

REReader said...

Guests are people you WANT, DW! (*bats eyelashes hopefully*)

John H. D. Watson said...

soft on the inside, crunchy (and tough) on the outside

And jumps if you poke it from behind as I remember.

pandabob said...

I don't think you're dragging anyone anywhere Greg and you'll cheer up when you're good and ready I'm sure :-)

Love the island idea DW :-)

Anon Without A Name said...

John - I think you need some empirical evidence, just to sure.

John H. D. Watson said...

Whom exactly are you suggesting I poke?

Anon Without A Name said...

I leave that entirely to your discretion. Although the name of the organisation does imply that it ought to be an Inspector of some description, to ensure validity of the experiment.

John H. D. Watson said...

Well, if it's for science...

Anon Without A Name said...

It is. Absolutely.

And remember - the mark of a good experiment is repeatability.

Desert Wanderer said...

Nameless is right. It requires a very controlled, thorough experiment. And if you don't get a favorable result, just keep trying until you do. Like the Little Engine That Could. If I remember the story correctly, he just kept plugging along, thick white smoke coming out of his smokestack, puffing and panting more and more, until he reached the peak. Here's a picture if you need one. I don't know if the tongue is required, but I'm told by some that it helps.

imachar said...

I just put my kid to bed and then checked my usual news sources so I know what's going on in the world even though I'm on vacation, and found the Derbyshire story (and the Syrian massacre stories) and now I just want to crawl back into bed with her so I know she's okay all night. I can't fathom any sensless killing, but parents killing children just makes me want to cry...I will always remember the horror I felt reading the Baby P case a few years ago.

So coming here and finding everyone talking about it was actually uplifting, just as a reminder that there are a lot of good people out there, who care and who make a difference, one deed at a time.

Piplover said...

The world is a bit broken now, but I'm still hopeful that it will fix itself. People are more aware now, more educated, and the horrible things that are done are coming to light.

I believe we're living in a time of change, and unfortunately that's often scary and creates chaos and fear. But I know there are good people out there, and good things being done. Some days it's hard to hang onto that, but so long as we have hope, things will get better.

John H. D. Watson said...

L - going out on your bike for a while, just need to clear my head. Hope you won't wake up, but if you do please don't worry.

REReader said...

Hope it helps, John. Stay safe.

mazarin said...

Stay safe, John. I've...felt that same need before, and sometimes you just have to give in. All the best.

John H. D. Watson said...

Thanks, guys.

Maz - I meant to say yesterday but apparently I never typed it, just thought it a lot - I'm sorry about Luna. I know how upset Sherlock would be if anything happened to the degus. I hope your son feels a bit better today.

imachar said...

If it lifts anyone's spirits even a little, the top of the news this morning in the US is that the 1st circuit court has ruled key parts of DOMA unconstitutional. This opens the way for the constitutional decision to recognize same-sex marriage across the US. Just a small fix in a very broken part of the world...

Hope everyone is having a better day today.

mazarin said...

And I apparently missed your response, but thanks, John. He is doing much better. He's currently petitioning for a Chinchilla, but will take another hamster. Or a fish.

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