It's getting harder and harder to understand the level of evil and despair that dwells in the hearts of some of our fellow human beings. My goodness folks, just when you thought you heard it all you see a heart breaking story like the one I am about to write about.
I am sure that most of you reading this have either read about or seen this sad and tragic story by now. A man loses his job out in Los Angeles, and rather than deal with the reality of being without a job in these troubling times, he does the unspeakable; he kills his entire family and then commits suicide.
Chalk up this tragedy to yet another side effect of the bad economic times that we are living through. But since when did losing your jobs mean that you should lose your life? Or that everyone around you who you should hold dear, should lose theirs? There is something wrong with this picture. Is achieving the A-merry-can dream and all the trappings that come with it more important than life itself? If we can't live the A-merry-can dream, does it then become pointless to live at all?
Look, like most of you, I enjoy my career and my job, I really do. But if I were to lose it all tomorrow I am pretty sure that I would not take out Mrs. Field and then redecorate my carpet with my blood and brain matter. I would like to think that I have a pretty good grip of reality and what is important in my life, so ending my life would not be an option, no matter what happened.
Sadly, I suspect that before this economic downturn is over we are going to see many more stories like this one. And the sad truth is that we have seen them before. Just a few months ago an almost identical scenario played itself out in yet another California neighborhood. (What's in the water out there in Cali?) But to be fair, it's not only Cali, and these things don't only happen in bad economic times. There is a sickness and depravity in the hearts of some that boggles the mind. I am not religious, but I suspect that people who are will try to find a religious explanation for all of this. There is good and there is evil, and the people who commit these acts are evil. But if they are all evil, how do we explain the many people who say that these monsters were good neighbors, or good family men, or good co-workers, or whatever. When exactly did evil take over? And is the loss of a job enough to trigger evil?
There are some who will tell you that it is. That having a job and working is such a fundamental part of A-merry-can life, that losing your job would make going on with your life pointless. Okay fine, take your life, and go off to that great unemployment line in the sky, but please, go alone.