sick sad world.

The remains of a young child have been found near the home of the Anthony family in Florida.  Casey Anthony is charged with the murder of her daughter, and has been in jail for quite a while.  It looks like the case is drawing to its inevitable and sad end.

What really amazes me about this case is the level of denial in which Casey’s parents engaged, particularly her mother.  I know it’s probably hard and painful to even consider the possibility that your daughter may have killed her own child, but cupping your ears with your hands and chanting “odie, odie, odie” on national talk shows in the face of such damning and conclusive evidence has got to be a new high watermark for denial.

People believe what they want to believe.  Like someone else said about the fallacy of Objectivism–man is not the rational animal, he’s the rationalizing animal.  We expend a lot of brainpower and energy retroactively justifying and validating our own prejudices.  Most people, when faced with having to choose between a comforting falsehood and a cold, painful truth, will pick the falsehood, and then defend their choice against all reason and evidence, because the alternative would hurt too much.  (Of course we all think of ourselves as falling into the other category.)

Still, the truth is the truth, and reality is what it is, and not what we would like it to be.  In the Anthony case, I wish that reality would not mean yet another small child killed by an unfit parent and then dumped in a cold hole in the ground somewhere, but that’s the way things look right now.

Now excuse me while I go hug my own children, and then find something cheerful to write about.  Reading the news is hazardous to your mental health these days…


5 thoughts on “sick sad world.

  1. ditto says:

    Reading the news has always been hazardous to your mental health.

    The things people can do to other people never fails to astound me.

  2. Rick in NY says:

    Definitely go give the Munchkins a hug. Make sure they know how much you love them. Yes, I understand that they are too young to comprehend this tragedy, provided you even let them know of its existence. That’s a parent’s prerogative, filtering their children’s input until they are mature enough to handle the whole truth.

    This makes me wish I was home with mine right now, but I’ll wait and hug them when I get home from work tonight.

    What in the world possesses some people to kill their own children? I know I would kill, or die, to protect mine. Definitely a sad sign of a sick world. Even sadder would be if Caseys’ punishment is a slap on the wrist, but we’ll have to wait and see how that pans out.

    While I feel for the family and their loss, (some of them, anyways, the ones who aren’t totally in denial) don’t forget the poor cop/fireman/whoever it was that actually dug up this tiny corpse. That individual is likely going to have nightmares of finding his/her own kids. Decent people should not have to live with things like that.

  3. divemedic says:

    I live in Orlando. According to the local press, it was a meter reader that found a black garbage bag and opened it. Upon seeing a small skull, he dialed authorities.

  4. red says:

    Looks like your “holy cow” list has been “borrowed”:

  5. Phillip says:

    Down here in Central Florida, it’s a constant story, any time there’s news on, that’s on it.

    I have a friend that worked with the grandfather of the little girl, he didn’t have nice things to say about the man. Something along the lines of “attention seeking sunofa” was mentioned.

    It definitely makes you wonder how people could do that, and hug your little ones tighter.

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