The individual identified in each scenario below is a spouse and parent of 4. This person is killed. Tell me; is this person's death a tragedy, a fact of life, or just desserts?
Big game grizzly bear hunter mauled to death by a bear he is tracking? Tragedy, Fact of Life, Who gives a damn?
Park ranger killed while hunting down a rogue bear that attacked and killed 4 campers? Campers could have been campfire girls or drunken sailors, your choice. Tear jerker, way it goes, or big f***ing deal?
US Soldier is shot and killed in Iraq while on patrol?
US Marine is shot and killed trying to score some drugs in Istanbul?
Cop is struck and killed by a baby diaper service van after pulling over the "wrong" colored driver in an upscale neighborhood. Cop was bending over the driver side window of the car on the side of the road. Cop stepped back to free his night stick in order to teach this driver a lesson when the van struck the officer
Police officer killed while assisting a motorist stopped on the side of the rode. Officer is run over by a speeding pedophile evading a gaggle of state troopers.
Lawyer approaches an ambulance at an accident scene to solicit a potential client. Client is in a psychotic episode and slashes the attorney's throat.
Lawyer is killed by the severely disturbed client whose Pro Bono case has been this attorney's main focus for over two years.
Preacher is rolled and throat is cut by the prostitute hired for a little half and half during an out of town revival meeting.
Minister is attacked and killed by a prostitute at the soup kitchen this person has operated for 12 years. Minister's throat has been cut and the cross always seen around the minister's neck is gone.
Street drag racer, after 4 beers, races a high school buddy, crashes into a busload of deaf and blind children, killing the racer, the driver and 22 of the 23 kids on the bus. Fire makes identification of the children impossible.
NASCAR driver swerves to miss a wild bunny rabbit on the race course, careens towards the crowd, and instead of plowing through this mass of people, jerks the wheel, rolls 5 times, explodes in the infield away from everyone, except the driver is consumed by the subsequent fire ball and dies.
Tuna fisherman, clubbing netted dolphins that has fouled his tuna net, slips and falls overboard and drowns.
Tuna fisherman, using a single hook line, is washed overboard and drowns. Sharks consume both bodies.
What's my point? Everyone's dead. Spouse and children are without a parent or spouse. Each family has lost a loved one.
The outside observer sympathizes depending on the victim's actions before they die.
Lunchtime thoughts prompted me to write this diary.