I promised to give you my take on how the scenario of a killer going free because of an illegal search would play out in today’s world. Boy would the memes be flying.
There would be a huge outcry from the public. Vigilantes would come out of the woodwork, and the media would be milking the situation to sell the most papers, and get the most viewers. We could expect tearful interviews with the mother of the murdered child, non-stop tearjerker photos of the child when she was alive, and scathing exposes on every bad act ever committed by the criminal in his lifetime. Larry King, Nancy Grace and Glen Beck would go into overtime frenzy, with breathless sensationalism specials for weeks.
People would be outraged. Including both you, and I. But that’s where we would have to stop...
Because we would have to rise above the sadness, the anger and the outrage—and know that if we want to have a free society, individual rights must be sacred, even in a horrible situation like we’ve described.
This is what separates people of higher consciousness from wild animals. And what separates lawful states from anarchies.
Yes it would be difficult, yes it would be gut wrenching, and yes it would be unjust. But if they don’t hurt sometimes, they wouldn’t be principles. Principles don’t work on convenience. They’re really messy sometimes.
We need principles, because they guide us on how to react in changing and troubling circumstances. Now of course you shouldn’t expect the herd to understand this. They won’t.
They will be so affected by the emotions of the moment, they will be consumed by the prevailing meme complexes.
So where are you in this process? Are you using your intellectual abilities, or falling for the emotional triggers? Let me know what you think below. And next post we’ll look at the meme complex factory known as organized religion.