Friday, July 27, 2012

well this is going to take someone smarter than me to figure out

this guy is Greg Ousley.  he was sentenced to 60 years in prison when he was 14 years old for the murder of his parents.  recently, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that we can no longer impose life sentences and death penalties on juveniles.   this is more humane and brings us somewhat more in line with other democratic societies.   the story is a complex one and no easy answers are to be found.  the disappointing thing for me comes in the reading of the comments section.  i am amazed at folks who can diagnose sociopathy from an article focused on the apparent rehabilitation of Mr. Ousley.  i am also amazed.....not in a good how bloodthirsty some commentators are......patricide is a horror.  Miroslav Volf has warned us that naming evil is necessary but we must exercise extreme caution because naming evil is all too often done for the feeling of moral and spiritual superiority that naming can bring.  we all would prefer that our monsters were more easily identifiable.....horns and tails?  maybe.   anything that made them not so much like us.  .

just thinking........