One of the lead stories (and photos) in todays Newspaper was about a little girl who’s family had just been burgled for the seventh time in 2 years. (under the above headline)
Leaving aside for the moment whether:
a.) Is it true?
b.) Would moving have been a good idea – a year ago?
c.) Is this just a clichéd and crass grab at our heartstrings? (by the MSM with a photo of a “Sad little (white) Girl”, where the photo is twice the size of the article)
I did have some other, less cynical, thoughts on the matter too.
Yes, that really is a shitty sort of thing to happen to a family and young kids, and she is right to say it is just mean and selfish. The neighborhood they live in is on the poor side of town, so you have the poor stealing from the poor. But what can you do?
Well no doubt there will be an up-welling of support for the family over the coming days, and money and goods will be donated, etc etc.
And no doubt that was anticipated by the Newspaper as well. And thats not a bad thing at all. But…!
One family is fairly easy to do something for like that. What about all the other people and families and little girls out there that have also been shafted by circumstanced they in no way deserved? If it is one family that has been robbed, maybe you can catch the thief and effect some sort of restitution, or gift something to compensate. Maybe you can even do that for a hundred families. But what about when it is thousands of families, or tens of thousand, and it isn’t the local scum-bag hood down the road who is stealing your TV and stereo to support his drug habit. What about if it is your biggest Banks, insurance companies, financial institutions and even the financial regulators themselves who either defacto or dejure are wiping out your livelihood and life saving. When the habit they are feeding is a greed for more, more power, more money and to hell with the hindmost.
Well, we don’t have to imagine it, it is happening as we speak. Scumbags are busting up the lives of regular honest working folk while hiding behind self serving laws and institutional fronts. And because they wear a white collar and get called Sir and your Honour and CEO, they get away with things that would get other people thrown in jail. Its also not so easy to draw the direct linkage between the actions and the results. But it is still just mean and selfish, it’s just on a vasty bigger scale.
(did you notice that apparently I am not above a little emotional manipulation either – and have made use of the same photo)