I occasionally wonder if there are some people born without a soul – presuming a soul is necessary for such human qualities as a conscience and vessel of morality.
Heinous crimes – like this one in Missouri – seem to prove that there are indeed people who lack any shred of humanity, who view the world and those within it as existing for their own amusement. Such people are incapable of remorse, or of feeling empathy for their victims.
Worse than the monsters, are those who cover for them. Check this out:
The Missouri State Highway Patrol interviewed a woman at the complex, Susan Summers, about the couple’s disappearance on Sunday. Police later learned the couple had been hiding in the back room of Summers’ apartment at the Perryville complex and escaped after officers left. Summers has been charged with two counts of hindering prosecution.
Several family members and friends of the suspects have told detectives the couple had hopes of carrying out similar acts on others, but police say they’re unsure how valid those claims are.
So family members and “friends” knew what the couple was doing – and did nothing or worse, actively assisted in their escape.
It reminds me of scum like the guy who watched his friend molest and kill a 7 year old girl in a Las Vegas bathroom. We can perhaps understand the madness of the killers, but the apathy of those who support them still amazes me.
Would the world be worse off if these people were simply euthanized? If someone walked up to that guy and dropped him to the pavement with a single bullet to the brain, would he be charged with murder? There is more to being a human being than carrying a sackful of human DNA around for 80+ years.
I can easily imagine a SF story about a “soul detector” being used to separate those with souls from those without – with the latter losing “human rights” since they are in fact, not human.