Jan 7, 2008
I used to hate Mondays. The beginning of a school week. Whether it was me or the boys, I hated Mondays. Now, they are just another day. I'll chalk that up to age and maturity. I know now that nothing different will happen on Monday. Or the rest of the week, it seems. Mondays almost drive one to drink.
I was going to write about that guy in Texas who did an Ed Gein on his girlfriend, but I thought, why give him the notoriety? He may or may not be insane. Gein was judged to be insane and died in a mental hospital. Jeffery Dalmer was not insane, yet Marvin Gaye's father was judged to be insane. I mention Marvin Gaye's father because he killed Marvin Gaye.
At first sentenced to 6 years for manslaughter, Gaye Sr. was discovered to have a brain tumor. He spent the rest of his life in a retirement home. One of the most influential contributors to Soul and Rhythm and Blues, oh, hell, music period, was murdered by his own father, on April Fool's day, no less.
To me, anyone who commits these kinds of crimes, especially the act of cannibalism, has to be a little off kilter in our society. Cannibalism is so taboo, it sends shivers down our spines just to hear of it mentioned. Thus our love affair with Hannibal Lector, the creation of Thomas Harris, who based him, so it is believed, on William Coyne, a spree killer who engaged in cannibalism. (I say believed, because Harris is saying.)
As actor Anthony Hopkins says of his character, "I've always thought he's a very elegant man, a renaissance man."* Hannibal, cultured, suave, highly-intelligent, forces us to confront the fact that evil lurks where we least expect it. However, even reading Harris's last book, Hannibal Rising, and learning the reasons why Lector behaved as he did, does not take away the awesome power of that taboo.
Cultures in New Guinea are forbidden now to practice their rite of cannibalism. Many feel that this is where Micheal Rockefeller was believed to have fallen into the hands of headhunters. No one will ever know. He disappeared without a trace.
I have often thought we are wrong to go into a culture, however different from our own, and tell them what they should or should not do. The practice of Cannibalism within the Asmat culture is to absorb the spirit of the enemy. Does it make me squeamish? Yes. But do we have the right to dictate how they should live? I don't think so. If you don't want to be eaten, stay out, or bring nice gifts.
Now, before people start calling me the purple people eater, remember, I am just advocating the idea that untouched societies should remain as such, untouched by outside influence. Why must every society be westernized? Does anyone else see the correlation of this belief into what is going on today? Damned if I don't see it.
So another Monday comes and goes.
And the news gets worse and worse.
One bright spot....Obama is kicking Hillary's ass!!!!
Yee-haw! (Hillary, with her get the hell out of Arkansas ass, would love that, now wouldn't she?)