The repugnant nature of man is clearly visible on days when people express joy over the suicide of another, even if the other has committed unthinkable crimes.

I don’t care what transgressions were alleged or committed, and I don’t care how horrible someone might have been to the core, the celebration and rejoicing of a suicide in prison is an unsavory if not shameful act. As a species, we should carry ourselves better than that.

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I found it painful the other day, when an acquaintance boasted of a “spring” in his step and a “smile” on his face when learning of the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein. What made it painful was that this is someone who claims to be opposed to the death penalty, and actively posts about it.

Perhaps the death penalty should be allowed after all, but only when it’s self-imposed and self-administered. I dunno…

That was not an isolated case. Over the last few days I’ve seen a slew of posts and memes mocking the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, often with gratitude for the act. They have made my skin crawl.

I think we can do better than this. Even if we feel some sense of relief or even satisfaction when a criminal he takes his own life, how hard is it to just keep that kind of joy to one’s self…? I’m not really sure if my acquaintance’s words qualify as ignorance, contempt, or general dipshittery, but I do know the public celebration of anyone’s suicide is unnecessary.

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People are listening and watching, all the time and in greater numbers than ever, especially our children. Bad ideas spread fast, take root easily, and can have the ability to choke out goodness and decorum like crabgrass to a fine lawn.

Demonstrating decorum takes effort, but it’s a practice worth learning, even if it doesn’t draw too much attention to one’s self or satisfy one’s need for a cheap chuckle. Sometimes, not making a noise is the best way to be.

“Study to be quiet…” Isaak Walton

This is what I think about when I ride… Jhciacb

Yesterday’s Ride…

Bike: Eleventeen Cupcake
27 miles
1,300’ climbing
15.0 mph avg
1,500 calories
Yesterday’s earworm: I’m Still Free, by Spain

 

7 thoughts on “We Can Do Better…

    1. While it wouldn’t shock me, Ruth, that he was murdered. Again, I think the simplest explanation should be the default explanation — if convicted his prison life Wood and early and not end well. In essence, I think he saved the gas money…

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  1. “People are listening and watching, all the time and in greater numbers than ever, especially our children. Bad ideas spread fast, take root easily, and can have the ability to choke out goodness and decorum like crabgrass to a fine lawn.”

    *Best paragraph I’ve read in a while* ❤

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  2. I was planning on leaving a comment, but I can’t get past the picture of our lovely Eleventeen Cupcake!

    On my first date with Penny, I brought her a sunflower 🙂

    Comment time: My feelings on the death penalty are that I am against it, but there are some people that deserve it, it’s just not our place to do it. I have never celebrated anyone’s death. It’s all a degree of sadness for me. Epstein was a horrible person that brought misery to many innocent people. However, he could not have done what he did in a vacuum. He had many accomplices, either by action or in-action. That’s the worst part.

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    1. I agree with you, all around. He had many accomplices through many years, and the truth will probably never be known nor the depths of it all.

      As far as the bike goes, it is truly the sexiest bike I’ve ever owned, and I will marry her someday!

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