meditation 2: Seeing death of a soldier in London

24 May

Seeing death of a soldier in London

  First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?

Clarice Starling: He kills women…

Hannibal Lecter: No. That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by killing?

Clarice Starling: Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir…

Hannibal Lecter: No! He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now.

Clarice Starling: No. We just…

Hannibal Lecter: No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don’t you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don’t your eyes seek out the things you want?

What did the two murderers of the soldier want us to see? As one said, see what our women see everyday. Evil’s rooting process is defined by Doctor Lecter in the film “Silence of the Lambs”: in itself evil covets our eyes.

British media serves these murders; serve evil by watching and seeing for us. The murderers forced people to film their hands, actions and voices. But the media does not have to show the sight. Even the woman who covered the body of the soldier understood this: she didn’t want the children leaving school at dismissal to see this soldier’s death.  Murderers desire to create terror and other terrorists by forcing evil into sight. They seek to kill all through their vision.

We need to see them as they are: pure evil, without honouring their deed by hearing their voices, their hands, their faces.

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