That segments of society are becoming increasingly feral has become frighteningly obvious.
A female purse snatcher who injured her victim recently in Michigan was pinned and detained by witnesses on a city sidewalk – and not only thought it was outrageous that she was being held down, but also proceeded to bite the good Samaritan who was detaining her for police.
In Florida, a pack of more than a dozen girls allegedly taunted and bullied a girl for several years until she killed herself – at one point texting her, “Can u die, please?”
In Augusta, 18-year-old Datravious Hoskins was stabbed to death Sept. 17 after an argument over a Playstation 3
gaming device, allegedly by 15-year-old Zemartae Davis.
That’s more than feral.
“He was the neighborhood’s best basketball player,” The Chronicle’s Tracey McManus wrote of Hoskins. “A Butler High School senior preparing to join the Air Force. The kind of brother who would lose a card game on purpose so his baby sister could win a $5 bet.”
A good young person, with dreams. Gone. For no good reason.
Add these and other cases – including the shooting of a baby in a stroller in Brunswick – to a growing list of horrifying examples of animalistic behavior among sociopathic youths who have not the most basic regard for other forms of life.
Actually, calling it “animalistic” is a slander of the animal world; absent some form of biologically-induced madness such as rabies, animals don’t kill senselessly. They do it to eat or to protect themselves or their offspring.
They don’t do it over games.
Even the Navy Yard massacre might be explainable by mental illness. But there’s a difference between mental illness and pure madness.
The vast majority of us don’t do these sorts of things, or produce young who do. But more and more, we have to ask – what kind of society does?