“Casey” Verdict Illustrates a Larger Issue

Following the verdict some were angered believing justice for her deceased daughter Calee was not satisfied, that Casey got away with murder. The case is over and decided but the larger, more general and more important question remains unanswered, why the anger, where does this emotion come from? All are horrified by the senseless crime which is amplified given the age of the victim yet not all were passionately involved with the outcome. As the verdict was being read I had no preferences. I was curious but was not emotionally invested, those that were lost their composure.

The larger issue

Some make determinations based more on emotion rather than facts and reason. It’s these people that can be and often are persuaded to believe positions and concepts that are without merit and at times wildly untrue. Appealing to people’s base instincts such as anger, fear and revenge is effective but damaging for that person and ultimately to society as a whole.

The verdict was correct

The Anthony case was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt as any reasonable person can tell you. None of those angered by the decision can explain the circumstances of Calee’s demise, who killed her, if it were an accident or was pre-meditated. Did she actually drown in a pool and was disposed of by George, a person with zero credibility, or was she accidently killed by Casey using too much chloroform on her so she could party? No one knows which translates to reasonable doubt especially when considering a capital murder case.  The verdict was correct but those who were emotionally involved didn’t choose to understand why.

Where else does this apply?

Using the emotive button is handy for leaders, political and religious. Obamacare is socialism and if it passes Government agents will kill your Grandmother. Rolling back tax cuts for the rich will hurt job creation, Muslims want to kill you, gay marriage will destroy the sanctity of the institution, your religion is the right one and if you don’t believe it you’ll spend eternity in Hell. Michelle Obama is telling us what we can and can’t feed our kids.  All of those statements are myths and lies. But people buy into the bullshit because they fear and there is no shortage of those who make a living exploiting the base instinct of fear.

Why do people respond to raw emotions, fear and anger?

Ignorance, that’s why. Being ignorant is nothing to be ashamed of, we all are. I am ignorant of much more than I comprehend. However, being ignorant of issues you loudly espouse an opinion on must be embarrassing on some level yet so many continue to be proudly under-informed, of having a spectacular lack of intellectual curiosity. There is no excuse for intellectual laziness with answers to all questions a mere moments and a Google search away. People rely on their base instincts due to laziness. It’s a condition that is intellectually, spiritually and even physically damaging to that person and society as a whole.

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One Comment to ““Casey” Verdict Illustrates a Larger Issue”

  1. Would Liberals accusing republicans of killing senior citizens and starving children be a good example of what you mentioned about fear?

    I agree with your take on the trial. Do I think she did it? yes! Do I think I know how? No idea!
    Can I make a case against her beyond a reasonable doubt? Not at all! Imagine living in a
    society where people were tried by what they were persuaded to believe by pop culture media.
    We would all be screwed.I’m sorry the truth was not revealed and I’m sorry Casey Anthony is a worthless human being with no conscience. The system didn’t fail. The prosecution failed to
    present enough proof. My prayers go out to the family of Caylee. I will pray to the nice God who
    loves people. LOL

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