American Elephants

City Sounds! by The Elephant's Child
January 8, 2023, 3:02 pm
Filed under: Politics

Looking out my second story window, straight ahead is currently a too-tall hedge between our house and a lane just below. Getting it trimmed down is currently on the to-do list. To the south, however, I can see a long ways, probably 15 or 20 blocks at least. Smoky, undoubtedly on a dismal rainy day, people have cheery fires in their fireplaces if they are at home. Not the kind of day when folks want to go shopping or even out if they can help it. Thus smoky skies.

This, oddly, seems to be a period when murders are a regular, major, news item. Does the frequent reporting of news stories about murders somehow make murders more common, more usual or more acceptable? I have no idea, but it seems that if they are common news stories, they are somehow no longer shocking, which would seem to be a very bad thing. I would want murders to be extremely rare and extremely shocking. A lot follows from public attitudes and if the public is shocked and disturbed, action gets a little more pressure. These are not just matters of one individual being murdered, but but mass murders, where whole groups of people are murdered by some deranged person. That is, indeed a very big deal.

I live on the side of a hill, and some six blocks or so to the north is a main east-west drag in our community. You hear when the police stop someone for speeding, or when they are off in pursuit of an important event somewhere else. Those normal city sounds that tell you quite a bit if you are paying attention.

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