Lily Burk, murdered for daring to trust in the world we live in.
I wrote that over here. But when I read it, I realized there was more to say.
Lily Burk was not just a victim of the world we live in, she was a victim of the society we created.
If you want to know who's fault this is, go to the nearest restroom, and take a hard look in the mirror. If you are 18 years old or over, you are one of the many decision makers in this society, and one of the many responsible for the shape of our society.
If we continue to elect district attorneys who would change a terrible crime to a lesser charge to get a guilty plea, and not have to risk putting a failure on his or her record, we will keep hearing these stories.
If we continue to yell and scream that there are "too many people" in jail, instead of asking why they're in jail, we will keep hearing these stories.
If we continue to allow judges to put violent drug addicts into worthless drug programs instead of jail, we will keep hearing these stories.
If we continue to claim a criminal's actions are due to his upbringing, and not choice he made the second he picked up the gun, knife, or screwdriver, we will keep hearing these stories.
If we continue to subconsciously blame the victim, we will keep hearing these stories.
You realize that right? The reason why Lily Burk's death hits so hard in a city where so many others die every day is because she was perfectly innocent.
When a mugger shoots a man there's a tiny part in the back of your brain that says, "He should have given the mugger what he wanted." When someone is murdered in a home invasion robbery that tiny part says, "They shouldn't have showed off their expensive stuff so much." And yes, even when a woman is brutally raped that tiny part says, "She shouldn't have dressed so sexy/been walking at night/been so unaware."
But these thoughts are not our real feelings. These thoughts are our brains trying to rationalize these horrible acts of evil because we simply can't fathom the mind, heart, or soul that would do such a thing.
Lily was 100% innocent.
That's why we are so taken by this murder. We can't even subconsciously rationalize the events.
But don't worry; there is a way to fix this.
You have to correct your subconscious.
You have to simplify this crime, and others like it.
You have to realize that evil exists in this world.
Pure, unadulterated, remorseless, inexplicable evil.
How it became evil is unimportant. Trying to understand it is pointless. How to prevent it is a question for another time.
What is important is that it exists, and that it is at work in our society.
What is important is that it is irreversibly changing lives.
What is important is that it is murdering our children.
But what is most important is what you will do to stop it.
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