Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What If George Zimmerman Is Sadder Than All the Dead Christmas Trees Of The World?

George Zimmerman is the most evil man in the whole world.  Okay, that’s a bit of an overstatement, but this man has caused controversy to the point of riots on opposite sides of the country.  That’s a lot of influence.  And it’s almost universally understood that he’s to be seen as an asshole that got away with something. 

This may be true.  Judging by the evidence we’ve seen, it is most likely true.  But at the same time, no one really knows what happened that night and there is always a chance (no matter how slight) that he wasn’t at fault when Trayvon Martin was killed.  Because of this sliver of doubt, he was found not guilty.  Sucks, but that’s how it works.

Flash forward to now, and Zimmerman’s life is in shambles.  His wife is filing for divorce.  A large, vocal section of the country is calling him a murderer and a racist.  He is shunned and looked down upon by people he’s never met every where he goes.  His name is going to be associated with this act of violence until the day he dies.  Beyond all of that, he also has to deal with the psychic trauma of having murdered another human being.  Some may say, “Good.  He deserves it.  He should rot in jail.”

 Plus, he got fat. 

But, there’s always a sliver of a chance that he didn’t do anything wrong and has had his life completely ruined.

As I said before, nobody knows what happened.  Let’s just pretend for a second that this second scenario is completely factual.  Let’s say that Zimmerman isn’t the worst guy of all time.  You know what that makes him?  The other side of the spectrum:  The most tragic figure since Ophelia. 

Imagine walking down the street one night and you see a woman trip.  You grab her arm to steady her but it rips off because she hasn’t taken an iron supplement in forty-five years.  There you stand with a screaming old lady squirting blood from her shoulder, holding her dismembered arm while a group of neighbors that were curiously hidden pop out and say, “Holy fuck.  He ripped her arm right off of her.  You ripped her arm off!” and then pull out giant torches, chasing you with big sticks and eyeing up your kidneys while you scream, “I was just trying to help!”

Okay, maybe this comparison isn’t completely parallel, but the idea is the same:  What if you were just trying to do the right thing and then all of a sudden everybody you see hates you forever.  Not even your family sticks around.  I’d say that’s a pretty good reason to flip the fuck out.

And what happened this week?  George Zimmerman flipped out.  He punched his father-in-law in the face and threatened his soon-to-be-divorced wife with a gun.  What a psychopath, right?  Or what if everything has been collapsing on him for the last year and the one thing he had to bolster himself against this shitty life that he has found himself irrevocably saddled with suddenly left him?  Because, you know, there’s always that slim chance that this is exactly what happened.

We’re always quick to classify someone as a villain before we even hear the facts.  This is most likely because of our news system, but they’re too easy to blame (maybe that’s because it’s their fault).  I think it’s also because we involve ourselves too much with other people.  Combine that with the desire to have everything explained to us in a linear fashion so we can pretend the world around us is a movie.  But there’s not always a definite protagonist and antagonist.  And when we immediately classify a person as a villain, we miss out on the following evidence that maybe there’s more to the story.  It’s like only watching half of an episode of SVU.  And everyone knows that show throws curveballs at you until the very end.  But what if you decided the mother raped her kid’s friend before you found out about the friend’s secret boyfriend?  You’d be dealing with misleading information.  Which is what we are constantly dealt because of our laziness in researching our points of view and the media’s desire to report what fits their narrative.

Now before everybody freaks out and calls me the Grand Dragon or something, let me say that I don’t believe Zimmerman is innocent in the killing of Trayvon Martin.  Okay?  Sheesh.  I’m saying that just because I believe it, and you may believe it, and a ton of other people believe it, that doesn’t make it patently true.  Lots of people believe lots of dumb shit.  Scientology is a thing, for example, that people base their lives around.  That’s ridiculous, right?  But it’s what they believe.  And there’s always that slim chance that maybe they’re wrong (about everything). 

And it’s the same thing with this Zimmerman case.  He should probably go to jail for killing that kid, but he didn’t.  He might just be a normal guy that everyone is shitting on.  So maybe before everybody says, “Fuck that lunatic!  Send him to jail!  String him up by his pubic hair!” you should take a deep breath and think about a puppy or something.

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