Today’s theme, it seems, is Evil.
The fact that any human does this to another tells us that they are little more than ignorant apes, and are likely engaging in the social instinct of “othering.” At this very moment, in some countries in Africa, Kenya, in particular, boys and men are chased down by mobs and circumcised against their will. The Rwandan genocide was so bad that after two years, Human Rights Watch reports that Rwanda was left with a population of 70% women. (The report speaks only of women’s problems, and glosses over the decimation of 30% of the male population.) In South Africa, black police officers are organizing gang rapes of white men. They arrest then for “speeding” or “witnessing a crime” and put then in pens and incite the prisoners to rape them. While much attention is paid to girls being abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria, few speak of the masses of little boys killed, many by burning a tire around their neck.
One cannot read the intentions of another, we can only witness their actions. Evil is not some metaphysical entity floating out there, it is a by-product of ignorance and self-centeredness, and is universally human. What we call “evil” is actually fundamental survival drives combined with the ignorance that can only come with a poorly developed mammalian brain; evil is a series of in-built natural drives that conflict with another set of in-built natural drives for care, that we often call “morality”.
We, as a species, are just smart enough to be dangerous. In most cases, we Westerners, who have the advantage of safety, good education and prosperity fail to recognize that you and I, given the wrong circumstances are equally capable of these atrocities. What we now perceive as atrocities, such as this incident, are in fact the staple of human history.