Saturday, July 15, 2006

Malaise and the Infinite Silence

"I don't know why I'm not hysterical right now." (Lori Knight, mother of shooting victim David J. Knight, 18, 6/13/06)

We accept violence in America. In various instances, we even encourage violence. It is displayed prominently in movies and television programs. Our music is laced with it. Pause for a moment. Try and recall the last day you lived through without hearing one violent word or witnessing one violent image or act.

As a society, we have become numb to violence. In Philadelphia, violence has reached epidemic proportions. There is more than one murder per day.

From behind the glass windows of their offices, the daily bloodshed may not reach or affect city officials. Yet, the bodies being wheeled into emergency rooms and morgues are real. The fact that that the magnitude of this crisis has not been spoken to is both disturbing and typical.

Raymond S.


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