Gilberto Valle, a.k.a. “the Cannibal Cop”, 32, was convicted in March 2013 of engaging in cannibal talk on the internet with fellow “cannibals.” He was convicted of planning to cook and eat his wife, along with other women. The big question was, was he actually planning to do it or was it just a pleasure-filled fantasy.
His wife, who reported him to the cops, didn’t think it was fantasy. She soon divorced him. Valle freely admits that he wrote of thinking of tying her into some sort of apparatus, cooking her over low heat, and keeping her alive as long as possible, in agony.
He got a life sentence. But a year later a judge overturned the ruling, stating that Valle was merely engaging in fantasy.
Recently on “Inside Edition” Valle proudly stated that he still engages in similar web sites and there is nothing illegal about it. He’s even dating. (Showing the strange phenomenon how some women like bad boys — think of Ted Bundy’s wife.)
Now — like a good American — Valle is suing the Feds for wrongful imprisonment. The poor taxpayer!
A downward slide
Mother Theresa said at her Nobel Prize for Peace award that once a woman can kill her own children, with abortion, anything is possible.
Granted there is a separation between church and state, and thus perhaps abortion should be legal. After all, it all boils down to how one perceives the fetus: a cellular part of a woman’s body or a sacred unborn child. And which side of the fence you are on is often determined by one’s religious belief. And we have freedom of religion in this country.
However, one argument against abortion is that it numbs the conscience and accepts more and more profane behavior as bring normal.
Now apparently it is legal and acceptable to sit in front of a computer and take fantasy trips about torturing women, cooking them, and eating them.
It is interesting that if Valle went on similar fantasies with his fellow masturbators about children, and not women, he would still be in jail, and they would have thrown away the key. And every judge — and the general public — would have approved.
In light of this children taboo, it seems that everyone unconsciously admits that thoughts can eventually become actions, and thus men who have pornographic thoughts about children should be severely punished. Unconsciously these people believe that adult men (never women!) viewing child pornography have a significant probability of acting on the fantasy sometime in the future. Thoughts can be good or bad. We are responsible for our thoughts. Patterns of thought often become actions. And we can easily control our thoughts. (In fact, these hypotheses are the basis of cognitive theory in psychology!)
Children on the slippery slope
On our slippery slope into profanity, young kids now have virtually every pornographic fantasy available to them on the internet, if they are cleaver enough to evade their parents’ supervision, which they can now easily do with their smart phones. With this spiritually destructive, neurotic “freedom,” we can see the slippery slope of the degradation of the American mind, which eventually leads to more and more denigrating behavior — the degradation of our culture.
The fallacy of anarchism
This points out the fallacy of anarchism — a philosophy that seems to be on the rise in our culture, as evidenced in the recent violent protests against free speech at Berkeley. A core belief in anarchism is that if we get rid of governmental and social controls, an angel will arise from the human personality. History seems to show that, not an angel, but an animal will arise. This idea was captured well in William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies.
Mother Theresa may have been accurate. It seems we are seeing the American conscience being increasingly blunted before our very eyes.
Jame Allen, wrote in his As Man Thinketh, that:
Thoughts eventually become actions
actions eventually become habits
habits control our destiny
and we control our thoughts
Perhaps we should have a little better control over our collective thought.
I am beginning to question whether Allen was missing information. We have been brought up in a society to think that words matter more so than actions. Watch your words since they become actions…..habits….destiny…. I have come to realize that actions matter more than words since 99% of the politicians have spuked words and did no action. “All talk…no action” as Trump puts it. Trump on the other hand, regardless of whether you like him or not seems to be a man of action, doing for the most part what he said he would. Is is not time for us to measure action instead of words. Action might actually leads to thoughts and not the reverse ?
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