Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A Civilised Society

Ian Brady died yesterday.  One of the most notorious criminals in British history, he, together with his fiancee, Myra Hindley, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960's.  Much has been written and said about how someone could do such terrible things.  Much has been said in anger and hatred of Brady, and I understand that, but believe there is a better reaction.

A Farcebook friend who is a psychologist, said this of those who provided care for him in the mental hospital where he has been interred for the last years of his sentence:
I notice a lot of bile is being spilt over the death of one man today.  I ask we all pause for thought for all the professions who, day in day out, overcome their own feelings in order to provide care and compassion in the face of public hatred.
This, for me, strikes the right note.  Today is not the day for hatred and anger.  Today is the day to remember that, although a man did much wickedness, society did not descend to his level.

I commented thus:
A mark of a civilised society, and professional health care workers, is that care is provided to all.  He was, undoubtedly, a wicked man who did not recognise the rights of others, yet, as a human being, he deserved professional care.  I am grateful to those who do a job most of us would shrink from.

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