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The Gravity of Human Depravity
Herein lies evil
We haven't moved planet have we? This is still the same earth humans like us are supposed to enjoy, subdue and rule, as our domain, and home, right? But, why does it feel more and more like we are among creatures of darkness, extremely dangerous and wicked in their ways, it's almost like living in hell? But then again, if we believe history, what we are seeing, or experiencing is nothing new. Evil and man's depravity has been around since the beginning of time. Remember Cain and Abel? Murder number 1, a brother killing a brother. "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.Who can understand it?"Jeremiah 17:9
Monsters Among Us
In the 70's, was serial killer Pedro Alonso Lopez, considered one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. Named the “Monster of the Andes”, he butchered enough people to fill a small town. After killing some 100 tribal women in Peru, he was caught by tribal forces who tried to execute him, except an American missionary intervened, to take him to the police force instead. Unfortunately, the police then just let him go. Lopez then left for Ecuador, where he killed 3-4 girls a week, claiming that girls in Ecuador were “more gentle and trusting, more innocent”. This went on until he was caught in 1980, but police were still unsure as to his guilt. A flash flood uncovered a mass grave that had hidden many of his victims, which then led to his arrest.
Bruno Ludke's reign of horror, counting 85 murders, spanned 15 years, starting in 1928. Ludke was caught near the end of World War II by Nazi police, after they allegedly discovered him committing necrophilia on the corpse of one of his recently-deceased victims. He confessed to a number of crimes and was declared insane, being sent to a hospital in Vienna where he was subjected to medical experiments which resulted in his death by lethal injection. Even after his sterilization due to having been previously caught molesting a young woman, he continued to assault and then murder a number of other women, often by stabbing and strangulation.
It took one Hitler and his wicked brood to commit mass murder in the millions, making the holocaust one, if not the most horrendous crime ever committed in human history. But, it was not just a crime of annihilation of a race. There were other atrocities, such as the use of human subjects in medical experiments. German physicians, the most notorious was Dr. Josef Mengele, who carried it out,who worked in Auschwitz. His experiments included placing subjects in pressure chambers, testing drugs on them, freezing them, attempting to change eye color by injecting chemicals into children's eyes and various amputations and other brutal surgeries.The full extent of his work will never be known because the truckload of records he sent to Dr. Otmar von Verschuer at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute was destroyed by von Verschuer.
Subjects who survived Mengele's experiments were almost always killed and dissected shortly afterwards.Romani children in Auschwitz, seemed particularly keen on working with Romani children. He would bring them sweets and toys, and personally take them to the gas chamber. They would call him "Onkel Mengele. Vera Alexander was a Jewish inmate at Auschwitz who looked after 50 sets of Romani twins, relates: "I remember one set of twins in particular: Guido and Ina, aged about four. One day, Mengele took them away. When they returned, they were in a terrible state: they had been sewn together, back to back, like Siamese twins. Their wounds were infected and oozing pus. They screamed day and night. Then their parents – I remember the mother's name was Stella – managed to get some morphine and they killed the children in order to end their suffering."
Humans, subhumans, demons, what?
I'm not an alarmist, but, next time you hear about some neighborhood kids having fun mutilating a cat, make sure you report it. Remember the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs? In June 2007, two Ukrainian 19-year-olds, Viktor Sayenko and Igor Suprunyuck (below), set out on a killing spree that lasted nearly 30 days and claimed the lives of 21 individuals. The first victim, a 33-year-old woman, was struck in the head with a hammer while walking home one night. Nearly an hour later, the two men fatally beat a man with a blunt object; upon examination, the victim was physically unrecognizable.At their trial, a video was shown of the boys as teenagers, torturing a kitten in one of their garages. The boys had pictures of them beside the bodies of animals that they picked up, tortured, and killed. Video obtained from the men’s personal computers included the murder of 48-year-old Segei Yatzenko, in which the boys gouged out his eyes, stabbed him in the stomach, and poked into his exposed brain with a screwdriver. The boys calmly discussed the murder, clean up, and walk from the crime scene back to their car.While there was no obvious motive for the murders, the defendants said that they planned to get rich from the murders that they filmed.
Which is why, I'm not a fan of Criminal Minds, or any other TV series that project the animal in man. I find no pleasure in watching any form of violence no matter they purport justice is meted out with great success. This is hardly the case for the victims, when lives are lost and ruined. Crime and violence cannot be considered entertainment. The glamorizing of the villains is the reason we see so many copycats, emboldened to commit more shocking and horrible acts, like rampage campus killings. How can we forget twenty-five-year-old Marc Lepine, December 6, 1989, who killed 14 women and wounded a further 13 people at the École Polytechnique at the University of Montreal in the worst school massacre in Canada’s history. He then took his own life. In a letter he left behind, he indicated a hate for feminists as a motive for the shooting. It remains to this day the worst massacre in Canadian history.
How about Seung-Hui Cho? The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting comprising two separate attacks about two hours apart on April 16, 2007, on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, United States. The perpetrator, Seung-Hui Cho, killed 32 people and wounded many more, before committing suicide, making it the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
Slavery Past and Current
The Cycle Continues
History showed us man's capability to do wrong, in many forms. Say slavery, described as the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. It's tyranny, despotism, persecution, hardship and suffering all in one. David Livingstone wrote about slave trade: "To overdraw its evils is a simple impossibility.... We passed a slave woman shot or stabbed through the body and lying on the path. [Onlookers] said an Arab who passed early that morning had done it in anger at losing the price he had given for her, because she was unable to walk any longer. We passed a woman tied by the neck to a tree and dead.... We came upon a man dead from starvation.... The strangest disease I have seen in this country seems really to be broken heartedness, and it attacks free men who have been captured and made slaves."
William Wilberforce said "So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the slave trade's wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for abolition. Let the consequences be what they would: I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition." Wilberforce (1759-1833) led the twenty-year fight to end the British slave trade, a victory now regarded as He finally succeeded in March 1807 and continued to fight for abolition until, days before his death in 1833, he saw the institution of slavery abolished throughout the British colonies.:
To more slavery...
13 year old Sharon relates how she was forced to service more than 1,500 clients before she escaped. "My back ached and I bled, she said, I tried to run away but the guard at the door blocked my way and pushed me back into the room. I cried and cried all night."
Human trafficking is evil to the core, and it is unfortunately, a lucrative industry. It is considered the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. It is tied with the global illegal arms trade, the second largest criminal activity, following the drug trade. The total annual revenue for trafficking in persons is estimated to be between USD$5 billion and $9 billion. The Council of Europe states, "People trafficking has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade, with a global annual market of about $42.5 billion."The United Nations estimates nearly 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are being trafficked around the world.
The Philippines is the fourth country with the most number of prostituted children, and authorities have identified an increase in pedophiles travelling to the country. There are estimated to be 375,000 women and girls in the sex trade in the Philippines, mostly between the ages of 15 and 20, and some are as young as 11. The UN reports cases in which children are kidnapped, trafficked across borders or from rural to urban areas, and moved from place to place so that they effectively disappear Pimps bend the girls to their will, drug them. Degrading and humiliating the girls is at the discretion of their international clients. After two, three years the girls have lost their health and beauty. From then on, they are on offer at bargain price to local clients. The humiliation these girls have to go through often drives them into self-destruction. With no self-esteem their lives are on a dead-end journey. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies state that there are more than 1.5 million street children in the Philippines and many end up in prostitution and drug trafficking in places such as Manila and Angeles City.
How can we ignore the culpability of the depraved humans we share this planet with?
"There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins."Eccl. 7:20.