thu 01 jan 2009 20:38:22 witte de withstraat
wishing for the why
a propos of that last bit: my problem with news stories is that they so often fail to report what i really wanna know: why? with all the investigative journalists in this country, can't the media spare me one story explaining why somebody thinks it's a good idea to set a car on fire?
so somebody beats up an old lady and steals her handbag. why did the perp think that was a good idea? somebody goes and shoots somebody else with a handgun. why did he think that was a good idea?
i know, maybe people who are "misbehaving" try to avoid explaining themselves, because they don't have a very good rationale for what they're doing. but isn't that exactly the problem? getting thrown in jail is one form of punishment, but it's not the one society most needs from the "criminal". what we need most is their accountability. we need to champion the idea that people can, and should, think about what they're gonna do.
there should be a weekly TV show where perpetrators get interviewed about why they thought what they did was right. the why is what i really wanna know. if they later decide that what they did was wrong, that's okay too.