05 June 2014
I am not without empathy. The shooting deaths of three RCMP officers and the wounding of two others in Moncton New Brunswick are unspeakable tragedies. I feel awful for their families and outraged that some guy seems to be wandering around armed and not afraid to shoot people. I am no less and no more affected by the untimely death of any person…well, more affected when it is someone I know, for sure.
What outrages me is the automatic glib response of politicians large and small. It usually goes something like this: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.” I don’t for a second think that any of these people saying this actually spend any time thinking about those families, apart from the preparation of their comments, and I don’t know if they spend any time praying for them. As an atheist I don’t really think that prayer stuff means anything, but to each his or her own, I guess.
The transgression is in the automatism. “Thoughts and prayers” fall from the lips like leaves from trees in a windstorm in the fall. Meaningless in its repetition. I can see it getting shortened further, just to take up less time in the busy days of the politicians.
T and P, man.
What do I have for those politicians? T and P, man, T and P. In my case, however, T and P means Truth and Plausibility, but I have no confidence that my targets will know what to do with them.