Saturday, November 17, 2007

Bad Times

I just read Rick's entry below, and I was immediately reminded of something my grandmother said to me many years ago.

"I've lived through wars and deaths and upheavals and bad times," she said, "but I've never seen things as bad as this."

That was in about 1972. It seems that human nature never changes, especially when it comes to man's inhumanity to man. I could recite dozens of similar incidents between civilians and the police, some the fault of the police and some the fault of the civilians, but I don't want to be any more depressed about the state of the world than I already am.

Carolyn Hart told me once that she thought the popular resurgence of mystery novels was due at least in part to the fact that, at least in a mystery novel, justice is usually done in the end. I like to think that mystery novelists are people of compassion, who are doing what they can to impart to the reader a sense of order and rightness in a world that is messy and often unjust.

Or at least divert them with a ripping yarn.

And now I think I'll watch Charles' streaming video again and give myself a good laugh.

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