October 24, 2006

Doing the Right Thing

In today's Globe and Mail, there's a great article about someone striving for redemption. I think. I'm not sure what he wants, actually.

When innocent bystander Louise Russo was paralyzed by a stray bullet from a murder-for-hire gone wrong, you would have had a heart of steel not to have gasped at the horror, the sadness, the wrongness of it. A wife and mother of 3, she spent her life caring for her disabled daughter. She will now spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. The violence we all think happens to them had happened to us.

But the police had help this time. Instead of the usual "and no witnesses will come forward" crap we usually read about, one of the mobsters responsible for the crime had a lick of conscience. He approached the police that night and turned on his murderous cohorts, securing the evidence they needed to bring about some form of justice.

This is a fascinating story. The only way I can usually contemplate the vile deeds of others is to firmly grasp that 'us' and 'them' mentality I mentioned. 'They' are not like 'me'; that is why I can't understand the evil that some are capable of.

So, what to make of a 'them' that actually sounds more like an 'us'?

I wish him well. I don't think he's long for this world - his former life will have taught him that you get beat out the same way you get beat in, only more permanently.


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