The Man From Norway
The man from Norway can be used positively for two things: as food for dogs and to help revamp the justice system.
The man from Norway killed a lot of people. First the news said he killed ninety-four. Now they say he killed sixty-nine. Is it that hard to count dead bodies?
The man from Norway has no business living in a sane civilization. People who go to a summer camp and start randomly firing high-powered rifles at innocent people should be immediately killed and ground up into dog food for animals in shelters that need to eat. The man from Norway can at least be used for something.
But the man from Norway is still alive. There is no doubt that he shot everybody. This is not something that needs to be proved with a lengthy trial in a court of law. The man from Norway is even proud of what he has done and says he has no regrets. Fine. Kill him. Feed him to the dogs. Stop wasting human time and human money. And stop giving him the publicity he wants.
But in our world the man from Norway will go to court. His lawyers will try to prove than he is mentally unstable and hence "innocent" of a crime. Of course he is mentally unstable. Of course he is insane. At least in a sane world he is insane. Anybody who kills sixty-nine truly "innocent" people has to be insane. All the lawyers, judges, and psychiatrists in the world should know that heís insane. But they will still waste their time on a trial. And the trial will be all over the news of the world. And the man from Norway will continue to be talked about and famous.
Why is this? Why donít we just feed the man from Norway to hungry dogs who are waiting for a home? Because we believe in the archaic notion of free will. We believe the man from Norway is a child of God who has gone astray. We believe the man from Norway has a soul and a spirit and if given "proper" guidance (or maybe if we pray enough) can be "saved" in one way or another.
But none of this should be part of the question. The question should be: "What kind of creatures do we want living on this earth?" We donít like termites, we kill them. We donít like cholera epidemics, we try to kill the bugs. We donít like rattlesnakes on our doorstep, we kill them if we can. We do this easily and with no pricks of conscience because we think animals and bugs are "not free" and do not have "a soul" or "a spirit". But we are wrong. We are stupid. We believe in old worn out myths about what a human being is.
Human beings are no freer than snakes or cats or trees or the wind. We are part of Being with a capital "B". We are part of the great sea of existence. We are part of the unfathomable mystery of all BEING. Sure, we have a few qualities monkeys donít have. But monkeys have a few qualities we donít have. And one those qualities is NOT free will, neither for the man or the monkey. No creature asked to be born. No creature asked to be born with the mind or body that it has. No creature asked to be born into the culture, nest, civilization, jungle, or ocean it was born into. Of course people need to feel responsibleÖ.But the fact is, they are not.
Our justice system is a joke. It should not be about who is "innocent", "who is "guilty", and who is "insane". All violent criminals are insane. All people who drive cars at 150 miles per hour on a public street are insane. The question should only be who do we want to live and who do we want to feed to the dogs. Why feed them to the dogs? To at least make them a useful part of a sane civilization.
And civilization needs to be rethought. But it wonít be. Not for a very very very long time anyway. And do you know why?
Because man is NOT FREE. What we have today on earth is simply the result of what man is. Just like the result of an earthquake or a tsunami. Man is another earthquake or tsunami. He can also be a cat purring on a blanket, a bird singing in a tree, a beautiful flower, a sunset, a full moon, a shooting star. He can also be a rattlesnake on a front porch or a lethal bacteria. He can be Mozart or Matisse or Florence NightengaleÖ.
And he can be the man from Norway. When he is, letís just get rid of him as quickly as possible like we do with other baleful bits of nature.
After an earthquake we clean up the mess and move on. We donít take a tsunami or a rattlesnake to court.