October 13th, 2010


The spectrum of good and evil


At one end of the spectrum, we have Gene Cranick of Obion County, Tennessee, who lost everything because the fire department wouldn't lift a finger to help him, and stood and watched and let his house burn to the ground and his pets die, because he didn't understand that the "optional" $75/year fee they wanted was actually a Mafia-style pizzo.

At the other end, we have 33 miners in Copiapó, Chile, who were trapped in heat and darkness two thousand milesfeet (d'oh!) below the surface of the earth for over two months... and today they're still alive and well and have all been pulled out of the mine one by one with a custom-designed rescue capsule.

Humans have incredible capacities for cruelty on the one hand, and compassion on the other.