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August 02, 2006

Okay, the Grandia Xtreme review is bugging me, and the second best way to take my mind off something's that's bugging me is to focus on something else that bugs me.

All right. Normally, I'm not a very opinionated person; I just sort of flow with what everyone's saying at the moment. That's...actually a bad mindset for a reviewer, but I digress. Despite that, I do try and keep up with events and form some sort of view for myself. My favorite part: The forums.

Now, small little anecdote before I go on: Recently, where I live, there was this man. This man was a father, had two little girls. One day, this man went and stabbed his two little girls to death. He'd had the urge for the longest time, and he finally caved. End of anecdote.

The newspaper where I live, the Charlotte Observer, printed a very grisly article about this guy. They had an interview. They detailed exactly-I mean, EXACTLY- how he did it, even quoting the little girl's final words. It was very disturbing, I gotta say, and it makes me lose a bit of respect for them. However, in the forum, people were actually disgusted, not at what he did, but how he was being treated. It's wrong to send him to jail for the rest of his natural life, they said. He's mentally ill, they said.

I say that's bull.

Yes, this man is mentally ill. So? Everyday, people have inclinations to do things they know are wrong. We usually just shrug off these thoughts, no big deal. But this guy had a continual thought in his head, a horrible thought. He knew it was wrong. But didn't seek psychiatry, he didn't ask for help and he didn't do anything to prevent it. He consciously did what he did. He wasn't in some drunken haze. He wasn't sleepwalking. He just did it, so well that he could recall it second by second. He knew. Yes, he feels bad about it now, but he knew.

I guess I don't have as much to say as I thought I would, but it just irks me. I study psychology, it's one of my favorite subjects. But I hate when people use it as a crutch, I can not stand it when people use it as an excuse for whatever. If you burn down a building, it's not your fault. You're a pyromaniac. Kill kittens for fun? You just need medical help, is all. It's straight crap. I realize people are shaped by the way they live and their genetics, but that shouldn't mean they get special treatment. We're always talking about equal treatment, but that applies to the bad stuff, too.

Yeah...I'm done.

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Halon Halon - August 02, 2006 (07:16 PM)
I heard about this on the news a few weeks ago. It might be the same guy, or it might not. It all comes down to how ill he actually is. If it's just a thought then he should definitely be in jail, but if was really ill to the point where he wouldn't be able to survive in prison then he should go somewhere else first. Anyways I don't care as long as he's away from society.
lasthero lasthero - August 02, 2006 (07:34 PM)
Yeah, that's what I'm getting at, and I agree. They're talking about (as near as I can tell) rehabilitating him for society. He needs to be sectioned away from society, and he needs to be there for a very long time.

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