Just when we began to focus on serious issues like the intensification of Radical Islamic terrorist attacks on Western Civilization, who pops up his head once again but none other than George Zimmerman. You remember him, don’t you? He’s the guy who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Florida, was brought to trial and was acquitted. That judgment resulted in some minor protests (though absent the burnings and lootings which subsequently have become fashionable) and an explosion in the sales of hoodies – much to the pleasure of the manufacturers in China where they are made.
Whatever you thought of the Zimmerman verdict, it’s pretty difficult to argue that George’s subsequent behavior would not suggest a person who is rapidly speeding downhill. His latest arrest, as I recall his third, suggests that he is not coping too well with reality – or has abdicated much commitment to it. And while it might be expedient to shake our heads and tut tut his behavior – drawing whatever inferences befit our personal views of the man – I am surprised that the liberal left press hasn’t gone on to offer us an explanation for it, one that would be consistent with their worldview of other shooting deaths which also involved blacks.
We know from viewing the mainstream media that anyone who is murdered, irrespective of the circumstances, is always the victim. That is particularly true if that victim happens to be darkly complected, the activity in which he was engaged prior to his expiration being irrelevant. Just because he was robbing a convenience store or breaking a law prohibiting the sale of loose cigarettes is inconsequential. There is always an explanation about how society doomed that person to a life of petty crime – or even more serious infractions. But if we take that “logic” to its inevitable conclusion, that leads us to a paradoxical conundrum.
If we accept that lawbreakers have no free will but are merely marionettes whose strings are pulled in a certain predetermined sequence beyond their control, it seems only reasonable to apply that same robotic condition not just to one segment of society but to everyone. Therefore, we should not try to convert the racist from his views but rather, accept his view on race as being nothing more than the manifestation of a condition which his environment has imposed upon him. He is no more guilty of anything than the person who finds that cancer has invaded his body. It’s just one of those things – a sort of “Deus ex machina” syndrome or to put it in Calvinistic religious terms, nothing more than the earthly expression of predestination.
It is clear that what might be construed as random events do have implications for our lives. Prior to his encounter with Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman seemed to be quite a decent person. He was involved in mentoring children, many of whom were black and certainly didn’t exhibit any reported issues which would suggest that he would become a violent person. If we accept his version of the events that night, confirmed in the jury verdict, he was merely concerned that Martin was a threat both to him and to his neighbors. Apparently, the local constabulary and the local DA agreed with his explanation and were prepared to let the matter drop. Enter the DOJ.
Because the Holder Department of Justice has made a six year career of looking for and, inevitably finding, racial motivations in every instance where a black individual is slain by a non-black person, they succeeded in reopening the case and forcing the now famous trial. And, despite Zimmerman’s acquittal, his life (and that of his family) were forever changed as a result of the trial, irrespective of the outcome.
Zimmerman was once a person who was considered a likeable person and a good neighbor was regularly portrayed in the media as a racist vigilante. He went into hiding having received death threats. Perhaps from the stress which we would all feel as a result of being publicly cast as a pariah, his relationship with his wife suffered and they were divorced. He was involved in several road rage and speeding incidents and now, most recently, was charged with throwing a wine bottle at his current (soon to be ex) girlfriend. But is any of this Zimmerman’s fault? Or is he merely a hapless victim, brought to his current condition through a set of circumstances which were beyond his control?
If we accept the premise that the liberal left espouses, we would have to conclude that in the same way that Trayvon Martin was a victim of circumstance, (remember that if he had not been suspended from school for the third time, he might not have gone to the grocery store which led to the fatal encounter), Zimmerman is little more than a marionette whose strings were pulled by the media’s attention to his trial and by the public’s reaction to the way in which he was depicted. In that light, his recent brushes with the law and domestic violence are little more than expressions of his condition – one which we might describe as Zimmermania.
While it might be comforting on an emotional level to believe that whatever we do can be explained away through some sort of concocted justification, it precludes us from ever being virtuous by doing good at the same time that we can never be criticized for venal behavior. And if we accept that premise, we are closing the book on life in a moral society and are opening a volume with the one word title, “Chaos.”