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Acts of despicable depravity and acts touching heroism and kindness are committed daily, all over the world.

Even crimes as shocking and degrading as the above example generate noble feelings in those repulsed by the inhumanity of them.

I can watch the news if I want to hear about these kinds of things.

An update in the Decline of Civilization, unconscionable and, sadly, too believeable. Conscience and compassion are not inherited traits: there are no genes which transmit these personality features . These are LEARNED characteristics, and clearly can be UNlearned or never taught at all. Given the turmoil seen around the world, which will only be exacerbated by the effects of global climate change (weather patterns altered to produce crop failures & drought, leading to increased conflict over diminishing resources), we can expect to see increasing levels of cruelty and barbarism from people who would otherwise characterize themselves as "civilized". The 21st century will feature mind-boggling accomplishments and glittering examples of ingenuity and commerce while human behavior will increasingly demonstrate acts of horror and selfish indifference. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

People used to torture others and we in the civilized world came up with an agreement to not allow torture. So we have made progress at least some countries have.

I suspect there is much more to this story than being told by the media. Was the person high on drugs, etc.

For me there is law of progress going on in the world but it is moving at a snails pace or at least to us it looks like a snails pace. I suspect there is something out there in the universe called karma and it responds perfectly to such incidents.

There is so much we don’t know. The karma of the woman, the man that abused her, future karma of the man for his actions.

We know so little, we judge by appearances, and appearances can be very misleading to the human mind at this stage of our evolution of consciousness. It is a scary thought to think we have to return to fear based religious beliefs to control the often dark and ignorant side of humankind.

Do we know anything about the underlying reality of such acts of cruelty? This example of cruelty has its home in ignorance. What would life be like if everyone was without some level of ignorance? Stated another way suppose we were all perfect in love and intelligence?

Maybe the world is perfectly imperfect but we humans are not intelligent enough to see it.

My current read is From Reformation to Industrial Revolution by Christopher Hill -- so this is "old" news. Hill's book is pure genius.

Drew said: >There is so much we don’t know. The karma of the woman, the man that abused her, future karma of the man for his actions.

>We know so little, we judge by appearances, and appearances can be very misleading to the human mind at this stage of our evolution of consciousness.

We have to judge by appearances. If we assume that we are ignorant of the "underlying karma" then any crime, no matter how despicable, can be excused as "karmic balancing". Either some acts are always wrong (bad karma) or there are no moral standards.

Oops. That was a quote from William.

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