Nietzsche talks about moving beyond good and evil, but per his excellent On truth and lies in an extra-moral sense, his main fear is that by making these external definitions of good and evil, we’re swayed by the people with most interest in manipulating us — by definition, the evil ones.
It’s a bit heady for me to tackle evil, but let’s start with sin. The smarter Christians I know refer to sin as a form of error, but then acknowledge that some people are born broken and are prone only to error. They cannot help themselves. They’re like mosquitoes; they live to bite.
Hill said the child had been playing in a common area at the apartment complex with her two sisters, ages 7 and 9, when a man parked his brown pickup in a nearby parking lot and walked over to them carrying a camera.
“He physically grabbed the 7-year-old girl and forcibly took a photo of her,” Hill said.
The man then forced Natalie into the truck and drove away.
So, um, what do we think this man intended to do to this little girl?
If he fits the profile, as he statistically most likely does, his intention was to “sexually abuse” her. Let’s dial back that euphemism and convert it to the raw terms: rape, sodomize, and then probably murder this five-year-old girl.
I don’t know if that’s evil, but I know it’s both destructive and compulsive, at a level that’s hard-wired in. You don’t educate this kind of abuser. You don’t put them through therapy. They are never going to change.
Everything that pedophile Theodore Sypnier has to show for his 100 years on Earth is packed in a single duffel bag as he prepares to begin a new chapter in life: freedom.
But 10 years after his last arrest, as Sypnier prepared to shed the closely monitored lifestyle of the halfway house, its director warned that the spry and active Sypnier has not changed from the manipulator who used his grandfatherly charm to snare and rape victims as young as 4.
“Whether he’s 100 or 101 or 105, the same person that was committing these crimes 10, 25, 30 years ago still exists today and has an unrepentant heart,” said the Rev. Terry King, director of Grace House, which has twice taken Sypnier in from prison. “He is someone that we as parents, as members of the community, any community, really need to fear.”
Being grandfatherly was how the 5-foot-5, 150-pound Sypnier found his victims, authorities say. After his most recent arrest at age 90 on charges of raping and sodomizing a 4-year-old girl and her 7-year-old sister, his neighbors in the suburb of Tonawanda recalled what appeared to be a kindly Sypnier offering rides to adults, handing out money to children so they could buy candy, and baby-sitting.
“I’ll tell them I never harmed any children,” the father, grandfather and great-grandfather told his hometown newspaper, The Buffalo News.
That’s compulsive behavior. We’ve had nearly 50 years of re-educating, counseling, chatting up, jailing, rehabilitating and other forms of well-intentioned palaver with this dude. He like others of his ilk are not going to change. They are predators.
There is only one solution: to kill them, and do it without a big show trial and a big showy pandering of “how fair-minded we are!” with endless appeals. He’s done something heinous; the evidence is incontrovertible; he’s going to do it again and has a history of creepy, molestor-y behavior. People who are not molestors tend to try hard not to appear molestor-y.
The only solution is to kill him. Half of our population would rather we spend the equivalent of two years at college for a deserving student, per year, on keeping this idiot alive — so we don’t look evil for having killed someone who has a 0.001% chance of being a pedophile “not guilty” for the crime of which he was tried.
Let’s not dwell on failure. Pedophiles are failures. Remove them, and spend the money on a deserving college student, or just throw it into a fund to sew up the ravaged orifices of their victims. But we can’t say that realistic sentiment out loud because half of our population will wail about how unjust and inhuman it is to murder murderers, pedophiles, creeps, retards and insane people. They’re human too!
Maybe it’s time we started looking at these people who are defending the indefensible, point out that sin is error and they are in error, and use the word they really fear: enabler. They are enablers for these criminals, and under their pompous protective arm that insists we be “humane,” we tolerate all forms of predators and it weakens us as a society. The barrier to a cure is the enablers, and it’s time we called them out on it.