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Sympathy For Devils

Updated on September 20, 2011

Sympathy For Devils

I am not about to quote or pay homage to the famous Mick Jagger’s Rolling Stones song but only to opine on the respective personal troubles of Bernie Madoff, Casey Anderson, and Hugo Chavez – those we may pejoratively deem as modern devils. Perhaps, I am getting old or moreover, it is the growing Spirit of the Christ in me, but I feel sympathy for those infamous people I named above. During the Bernie Madoff’s news era, I watched him coming from some mandatory legal hearing, and, as he was walking back to his ride, surrounded by the phalanx of reporters, one of the photographers bumped into him and Bernie gently pushed him off… with the photographer forcefully and violently responding in pushing Mr. Madoff, almost causing him to stumble.

That iconic image of the young photographer pushing that old man - even though it was ‘the devil’ of the moment, Mr. Bernie Madoff - stuck in my craw, even now. It did not matter to me what Mr. Madoff had done… all I saw was a young man beating up an old man… with my wishing one of Bernie’s sons were close by to defend his father. I observed that no one paid attention or was there a mention of what had happened between Mr. Madoff and the overzealous photographer… I supposed the thinking was that Bernie deserved anything ‘bad’ that was coming to him.

Casey Anderson is going to be released a few hours from now and we are being told that she has to move out of the state of Florida, and even then, she probably will have to change her appearance because there are those who genuinely want to harm her. I have written a recent blog about how I thought that Casey got away with murder, but wanting to harm her when she has been adjudicated by the court of law is anarchy. Would those who would do Casey harm have the same sentiments about the gang bangers, who have killed the young and old, but are walking free – some are even being played on the radio and their ‘telling’ lyrics are probably part of your children’s CD collections.

Today, I read that Hugo Chavez was abdicating some of his presidential duties because of his battle with cancer – Hugo came into my wheel house after I saw him years ago at the United Nations. I remembered Chavez strutting like a peacock a couple years ago at the United Nations’ podium… after President Bush had spoken. The Venezuelan leader opined, to the cheering United Nations’ ‘Kleptocrats,’ that El Diablo (President Bush) was just here at the podium. I am no fan of Chavez because he rules by fiat and struts around criticizing America, as though his house is pristine… yet, I do not wish what he is going through on anyone, even on a despot of his ilk.

Years ago, I came to New York and, and in my attempt to build a bond with my sisters on my mother side of the isle… I would observe what music they like to listen and the shows they were watching – one of the shows popular in my mother’s house was the “Jerry Springer show.” What I noticed with Springer’s guests was that, as outrageous as these guests were… there were those in the audience criticizing said guests, but who I suspect were far worse. I have sympathy for the so called ‘devils” because we all are flawed and prone to what Bernie, Casey, and even Chavez have done – only the Grace of Christ Jesus: there but for the Grace of God go I or We….


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    • Verily Prime profile imageAUTHOR

      Verily Prime 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thank you - I strive everyday to be a better Christian so do pray for me in that respect.

    • PETER LUMETTA profile image


      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Verily Prime it seems to me you are a true christian, your view is what we need more of in the world. We've stopped giving people the benefit if the doubt and chiseled our opinions in stone. Thanks for an enlightening HUB,


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      Verily Prime 

      7 years ago

      OK - good to hear from you, permit me sir to digress to Say that I am amaze how well versed you are in writing on so many topics and doing it well - can't read and write as much because I finally got a gig up in Delaware.

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      7 years ago

      I have to confess being rather on the same page with you on this one, Verily Prime. Perhaps it has to do with my belief in reincarnation and karma, but I KNOW my basic attitude toward "the devils" is,

      "There but for the grace of God go I."

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      Verily Prime 

      7 years ago

      Hi Kateperez

      Well said- all the issues were covered in a measured tone so I have nothing to add but only to say that we all capable of doing terrible things...

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      7 years ago from pasadena, tx

      I do not feel as strong an empathy for the "devils" with which you speak, but I would not wish harm upon any of them.

      The world you and I grew up in is no longer here. Now it is alright to be a "gang banger" and alright to abuse those that others are abusing.

      After all, do we think Gov. Scott Walker is a "devil"? I do not, however there are many who do. Those who consider him a devil ask for his removal from office, all the way to Nancy Pelosi and even Barack Obama. Why is the state of Wisconsin the problem of the Federal government?

      People follow the crowd, they are empowered by the lack of action of those who disagree. Why do we presume that "The New Black Panthers" would ever have been prosecuted for their behavior in Pennsylvania in 2008? They were just doing what was accepted. They have the feeling of empowerment which is going un-checked by the law.

      Casey Anthony should not be free, but it was not up to me to decide, it was up to the police to do their job(s) in August of that year. Bernie Madoff should not have stolen the money but at least there is concrete proof... and Chavez, he hates America, but so do a lot of leaders of other countries. Who are we to tell him how to lead his own country? Too bad about the cancer.

      The justice system allows certain "devils" to walk free, but we, as law abiding, compassionate citizens, should just let the flawed system do what it will. God will sort them out!


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