Tuesday, April 08, 2008

It's fun being a Gnostic

This handsome devil pictured below was released from jail for drunkenness and threatening people at his daughter's school a few days ago. The police picked him up; the judge let him go. "Mr. Schoenborn was arrested and charged with two counts of uttering threats, but was released from custody later that day, over the objections of police."

The National Post continues: "... What was in front of the Judicial Justice of the Peace was a "blow-up at a school," said Hugh Stansfield, [B.C.'s Chief Judge of the Provincial Court.] "And a fellow that had a couple of convictions for drinking and driving, and driving while suspended, and not much else." He said the JJP could not have imagined that, "this gentleman was going to do the unspeakable."

Shoenborn went to his estranged wife's trailerhouse and, while she'd ducked out to do some shopping, he killed his three children, "Kaitlynne, 10, Max, 8, and five-year-old Cordon Schoenborn."

Shoenborn is still, as of this writing, on the loose.

"Mr. Schoenborn was not identified as the murder suspect for 18 hours, well after police were called to the crime scene."

One must wonder.

"In Merritt, police are warning the public not to approach Mr. Schoenborn, should he appear on a doorstep or in a back yard. In what might well be an major understatement, Const. Linteau says he "could be dangerous"."

Done is done, and no accusations will undo it. Our only question: What is to be done next? What about the capture and punishment of this man? He's sure to go to jail this time, and likely forever, but is it enough? Ah.... Already there is much heated discussion of Shoenborn being mentally ill, his actions 'not being his fault,' the insinuation being. And from there it's a short hop to wondering whose fault it is. Yes, the man will go to jail forever and a day. Unless he doesn't. It could be that society drove him mad, that his childhood was too difficult for him to adjust later to the world of others; and that because we, i.e. the government, didn't do enough to save him, he committed some heinous crimes which the medical establishment can keep him from repeating. A couple of years, a few kilograms of med.s, and out he goes onto the streets. If only we as a society had done more prior to this crime, if we can call it that, the children would still be alive. Shame on us.

Frankly, I get real tired of that kind of pseudo-reasoning. Let's capture the man, try him, hang him, and then go after the ones who have concocted such a society where the average citizen is bullied and terrorized into believing he/she is a criminal for not giving enough unto the Church of Social Engineering, a society where the Gnostic elites decide the lives and deaths of the masses from on high; and the people pay for it, and pay with their lives at times. It's the same lot spread wide across the world, those who know better, see more clearly, understand more deeply the darkness of the Mystik. Gnostic experts. If only they had more money to do more good, just a bit more power to do a bit more Good.

OK, I'm exposed once again as a Rightwing religious bigot. I say hang these bastards. Hang them by the thousands. Many thousands and many more besides. No, I'm not down on the police. They do a thankless job well and they are necessary. I don't blame the judges for the most part, they being constrained by the system and the times, they not being intellectuals of any real sort, not philosophers, not creative thinkers, not being much more than highly trained law clerks. We do have the genuine intelligentsia to look at for the problems we face. We have even the average person on the street who parrots stupid social engineering cliches and who perpetuates this evil by giving permission to others to repeat it till it is the public norm. When many say it, few object when others do it. A simple solution? Make it clear to them, even some poor schmuck on the sidewalk, that it's intolerable to listen to such vile social engineering and social gospel rubbish. For a reasonable world in a reasonable time, we must take the fun out of being a Gnostic. Let's be obnoxious (to a degree) with those who simply chirp along with the cliches of the day. Of the worst? Let's make some many swinging bird-feeders. Life still won't be perfect but it'll sure be a lot safer for most and less infuriating for some.

For the full story above: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=431390


Vancouver visitor said...

Follow the Golden Rule or die. Is that an accurate summation of your position?

Dag said...

I like to separate intention and responsibility when it comes to law. If one is charged with committing an offense, there's usually a reason for it, and often a good reason. There is a good chance someone charged committed an offense against the community or against Life itself. It really doesn't matter who the person is, that not being a matter for the law to determine. The law is for all of us, even the bad laws and the harm it might bring on those not particularly guilty.

I read a memoir of sorts on Canada's pubic executioner, Mr. Ellis. He and others in his trade spoke of meeting numerous people on the gallows whom he and they knew to be innocent of the charges they were being hanged for. Mr. Ellis said he hanged them anyway because the law had gone to that point and his job was to execute people, not to make judgments. Hard and uncaring and perhaps disgusting? Justice is that Mr. Ellis, who claimed his job never affected him, died a very bitter alcoholic. Yes, even he had to pay the price, which is right. The law is not about individuals. It has to be objective and universal. It must also be flexible and endlessly open to change for the better, based on Reason and consensus, on tradition, if you will; but it can't be arbitrary and personal, applying one way to the privileged and another way to some poor guy who just happens to be there at the wrong time.

But the problem of reality comes down on us all. If we follow the laws and do our best to be good, still we have to pay for what wrong there is inherent in our good attempts. None of us is perfect, and in our best efforts we still far too short of right. To suffer is a good thing, then, even for those who try to be right.

Hate the sin, love the sinner, and die in a ditch anyway from guilt for having done harm in pursuit of the Good. Well, life is really tough. I would guess that's why many people look to God for some hope of forgiveness regardless.

Anonymous said...

Dag, why can't YOU just run the world?


CGW said...


Dag said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence.

I'm sure I'd mist Solon's mark, and if I were a huge success I might be only as good as Lycurgus. I think it's better for all concerned that we pursue our own designs in common cause of universal decency, like the greatest ruler of the world to date, Socrates.

But I do appreciate the thought.