“We have forgotten what happiness is.”

So I had this post the other day.

This story is a further reminder of how loathsome this world often is. Do what you should to stand against it. Always.


4 Responses to ““We have forgotten what happiness is.””

  1. Madam Miaow Says:

    “Magic potions”? Well, this story is as good an argument as any against superstition and religion.

    I’m interested in what political and social conditions have led to such brutalised and brutalising behaviour. Presumably this doesn’t occur in a vacuum – unless you believe that human beings are intrinsically evil, which I don’t.

  2. Ned Raggett Says:

    Neither do I, but that we as a species are intrinsically capable of horrors seems beyond debate.

    What led to it all is a massive complex mess but I’m more than happy to dump a lot of it at the feet of Leopold II of Belgium. I’m not foolish enough to believe that the area was an unmitigated paradise beforehand — humanity’s lot is of a widespread fight against misery — but he was just the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time, and so much has continued to unfold because of it.

    [EDIT — a good popular history is Adam Horschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost. It will leave you very angry about the state of things in general.]

  3. Madam Miaow Says:

    Worrying that we seem to be entering a period where man’s inhumanity to man is the default mode.

    Anyhow, hope you are well, Ned, and that life is sweet and peaceful.

  4. Ned Raggett Says:

    Generally speaking I cannot complain. 🙂 But it helps I’m out of here for a few days tomorrow to Seattle!

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