Thank You to everyone who contributed to our annual children’s pajama drive!
This month we were able to donate 75 pairs of children’s pajamas to each of these three organizations: ChildHelp Beaumont, Oak Grove Center, Riverside County Family Justice Centers ... See MoreSee Less
PERRIS, Calif. – Two Southern California parents are being held on $9 million bail each after a horrific discovery at a residence in Perris over the weekend, the Riverside County Sheriff's Departmen...
[The following is my own justice and humane-ity idealism fictionalized; it's one belonging to an unfortunately unattainable world in which there would no longer be any horribly violent acts whatsoever, that are then also handled by a flawed and impotent justice system] …. ‘IN ALL DUE FAIRNESS’ ... Listening to her teenaged daughter’s recorded screams, the distraught mother could not contain her grief. With heaving sobs, she stood to leave the courtroom, only to have her weakened knees buckle and collapse onto the courtroom floor. Heartfelt gasps came from many in the audience (while some other spectators she’d suspected to be but heartless voyeurs), as the bailiff, district attorney, and even defense council, rushing to assist the bereaved woman. Slowly, gently facilitating the trembling frail woman to her feet, the three courtroom officials somehow misperceived stability in her pale expression and gradually pulled away their hands. But she was so shaken by the prosecution’s key evidence—that of the accused’s own trophy audio-video of her only child’s last tortured hours alive—she fell hard, flat unconscious. The night she was kidnapped, the desperate mother had locked her daughter out of the house in an attempt to correct the otherwise average girl’s increasing tendency to breach curfew. It was the first (and tragically final) time the mother had, still with much reluctance, attempted such a tough-love measure. Only it had gone the most horribly wrong. By all accounts, the mother had been a fine parent, as was the girl’s father; although he, until then healthy, had died suddenly of a massive coronary less than a month after his “little princess” had been prolongedly tortured, then murdered in the worst way. The girl’s assailant had caused her all the real hell any parent wishes against their child ever having to nightmare about, let alone actually instinctively enduring for the sake of surviving the atrocity, only to be snuffed out at day’s end anyway … And that was when and what appeared to have been the last straw. Suddenly everyone on Earth was aware of an unprecedentedly profound Great Change, and one that would become a far better existence than just moments before. The planet-wide awakening was a massive shift that would finally find favour for the most materially, physically, mentally and spiritually poor people of all. For starters, the change found every fortunate person forced, as though by true magic, to empathically share in the anguish suffered by the greatest life-sentence affliction that Fate can cruelly, yet with cold apathy, reserve for a parent—a child lost to a torturous death. Now all bore a tiny portion—thus one sometimes imperceivable—of that enormous emotional turmoil otherwise suffered solely by those individuals who’d received the lottery-jackpot-odds lousiest of parental luck. All they had left in their bleak lives, indeed the only reason to drag themselves out of bed every morning, was to do their very best to ensure their children’s tormenters and killers—if or when they were caught, tried and convicted—never again freely roam the streets seeking their helpless prey. In rehabilitative return, those most unfortunate parents who’d suffered such unjust extreme loss, inexplicably felt very great relief from their overwhelming affliction. Their trembling hands slowly left their tear-streaked faces, for their heavy hearts no longer suffered the agony alone. With the supernatural change, however involuntary, when all shared in such a terrible personal toll, it became a literal—rather than just the common figurative—sharing of grief. It was analogous to a fiscally imprudent national government that had invested a large sum of treasury funds into an eventually losing deal; but with the shortfall shouldered by the large collective citizenry, the burden on the individual taxpayer was so much greatly lessened, if not unnoticeable. In spite of it being but a most basic natural human survival instinct, the continuation of one’s own genetic lineage, a motivation accurately described as a self-serving Only If It’s In My Own Back Yard mentality, would (perhaps in a poetic sense) have been the great character flaw eventually resulting in societal humankind’s inevitable self-destruction. Literally everyone on the planet had been helplessly genetically enslaved to this since-conception Darwinian lead ball and chain, although a very tiny number of exemplary human beings—most notably of the Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King kind—could and did greatly resist that sadly selfish aspect within themselves but naturally couldn’t eliminate it in totality. Notably, the change also saw that the clinically diagnosed formidable mental illness normally suffered by a small minority of human beings was henceforth equally shared—thus greatly diminished by the individual lifelong poor in spirit—by the vast majority of heretofore emotionally secure people. All who’d suffered persistent consistent chronic psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder, nervous breakdowns, debilitating depression with inescapable crippling hopelessness, suddenly found inexplicable but oh-so-welcomed great and long overdue relief. And the relief was especially appreciated by those who’d been regularly haunted by disembodied yet seemingly so real voices and images, as they no longer agonized so intensely, so lonely, invisibly imprisoned within their own tormented minds. Yet perhaps the greatest change was that through which all people who’d intentionally caused physical and/or psychological suffering, henceforth they justly yet involuntarily sustained the most bitter of the forced empathy: Suddenly, if one took the cruel liberty to sexually violate another, in greatly shocked bewilderment the rapist simultaneously suffered the very same tearing sensation of his own violently invasive act, thus leaving him with no option but to self-servingly retreat in agonizing pain, however mysterious in origin. And if one blindly with contempt spewed out racist or any of the many other bitter forms of venomous bigotry towards another person unprovoked, he personally experienced the very same emotional pain intended for the innocent recipient. And if a man had shot another person, he then experienced the very same excruciating pain and terror suffered by his victim, rather than just the newly typical universal tiny share; and, by just extension, if one gratuitously harmed a harmless stray animal—a neighbour’s benign beloved pet being the example considered, (non-human) animals being intellectually incapable of malicious acts simply for the sake of malice—the offender thus experienced both that animal’s suffering as well as its owner’s emotional anguish. Thus the only remedial action was always to wholeheartedly—with genuine empathic remorse—apologize to the victim and without any doubt never again commit such a recklessly callous offense. Regardless of how minor the bad deed, the perpetrator was always left experiencing, through forced simulation, the precisely same resultant physical and mental turmoil. Furthermore, it quickly became realized by all that, even without the unfortunates’ and victims’ awareness of the unexplainable sudden change, their cause was still equally endured in due fairness by all fortunate persons and perpetrators. Indeed, soon put into newsprint was the old-school journalistic mission statement: the comfortable were being empathically afflicted, while the afflicted were contrarily comforted through similarly empathic means. Rather than being specific thoughts invasively transmitted and received, it was loosely comparable to an expecting husband’s sympathy pains suffered for his greatly labouring pregnant wife. Even academics agreed it all was akin to everyone having been spontaneously cerebrally re-hardwired to literally share in others’ dreadful suffering, like so many undisturbed antennas suddenly receiving the immensely distressed signals from a few isolated agonized antennas. Many secular humanists theorized the Great Change was simply the good within humankind itself psychically coming to long-overdue overpowering conscience terms with the disproportionate injustices suffered by some but not by most others. The majority, however, assumed it was implemented by a kindly sentient omnipotent source. This was defined by monotheists as God, and by polytheists as multiple powerful spirits; while others believed greatly advanced caring alien-race monitors were responsible. Indeed, numerous sci-fi fans were reminded specifically of the Star Trek: Voyager episode titled ‘Unity’, in which a moderate amount of controlled selflessly compassionate “collective consciousness” would actually be a desperately needed mentally and physically beautiful healing measure, in place of an otherwise always horrific result of the insidiously evil ugly Borg drive at assimilating all humanoid species. Of course the change was also well received by many other worldwide examples of disproportionate suffering, notably that of desperately poor citizens of developing nations wanting for the most basic of life’s necessities. Indeed, great empathic relief was felt long before the arrival of overflowing shipments of water purification devices, as well as the exponentially larger quantities of food and medicine than ever before—all gratefully given by the prosperous nations because the planet’s privileged people were abruptly enduring what had consumed the world’s most needy for far too long. And in return, the fortunate givers felt physically and mentally so much better. Although initially the otherwise fortunate felt indignant by the change, that they’d done nothing personally wrong to justify the unfavourable empathy, soon it no longer felt like an imposition but rather a universal effect in which all were naturally wanting to treat all affliction, just as though it was in fact one’s very own turmoil. And contrary to the usual human-history pendulum swing of ideological and political mood, the Great Change was a permanently solidified authentic sense of others’ upheaval, therefore no chance would remain of all reverting to the unjust existential norm of yore …… … [The above fiction is in large part inspired by one of the most terrible truths about which I’ve thoroughly read in the news-media during my fifty years of life: www.people.com/archive/record-of-horror-vol-44-no-12] ... See MoreSee Less