Friday, 3 October 2008

The McGarahan murder - a reflection

Those who perpetrated this violent act are of course to be condemned thoroughly and the police to be encouraged in their ongoing work of bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Mr. McGarahan's murder is symptomatic of a society which has in some cases grown selfish and materialistic in its prosperity.  The greatest honour we could pay the courageous Mr. McGarahan is to prevent similar tragedies ever happening again. 

To prevent incidents like this re-occurring we need to examine just why a group of adults in a reasonably wealthy society should feel the need to quasi-randomly beat another man to death.  This awful event makes plain how strong is the need for a change from a selfish, materialistic, Thatcherite society to one that is more caring, compassionate and peaceful, and where we treat each other as neighbours and not as a competitive threat. We surely need to look at how to change our society itself so that events like this no longer blight the towns and streets of East Anglia.

5 Comments:

Blogger Greenbottle said...

Rupert the murder in Norwich was a result of drunken aggressive yob behaviour; not materialistism etc you put as the cause.

The answer is Zero Tolerance and custodial sentences for this violent mindset; but Green's gold fish theray crime policies are too soft and liberal to tackle or understand this aggressive ASB minority mindset prevalent in Norwich (see taxi drivers/ ex coppers real EEN insights to the root cause/real ASB/violence under the surface in Norwich). Many Norwich politicans/police just wish to airbrush this incident as being a one off and project Norwich as safe/ business as usual. Well this is a lie as one can see the drugs, drink, sex, violence peddling/flowing at night in Norwich at the weekends. Just ask folks on the bendy bus or taxi drivers.

5 October 2008 at 02:31  
Blogger Rupert said...

Greenbottle; what one needs to do is to look deeply to see the causes of drunken aggressive yob behaviour -- I say that such unneighbourly violence comes at root from emptiness, from valuing things more than people...

6 October 2008 at 14:48  
Blogger Greenbottle said...

Looking deeply into aggressive and drunken behaviour, there are as many empty rich alocholic or drug dependent individuals as their are deprived/poor indiduals.

The emptiness is not wanting materials, materials are just the crutch, not the cause; its lacking a functional/loving mum and dad from birth, love and empathy for others.

Many wealthy people with posessions love their kids, have loving families and a rich and thoroughly peaceful, loving and generous value system. There are as many poor psychopathy poor are there are wealthy.

Adding/cutting/evenly redistributing material and wealth don't solve the causal emptiness.

7 October 2008 at 16:15  
Blogger Lynda said...

I agre with the view that it is some people with far too much money who cause this sort of trouble at 3 am. People with not enough money are either in bed at that hour or earning their keep!

Perhaps it is the people with more money than sense or education who cause trouble. Poverty, I would say, actually prevents this sort of trouble as people with low incomes cannot afford to indulge in imbibing in large quantities.

9 October 2008 at 20:44  
Blogger weggis said...

Am I missing something here?

Do we know that this event was alcohol related?

10 October 2008 at 23:46  

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Those who perpetrated this violent act are of course to be condemned thoroughly and the police to be encouraged in their ongoing work of bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Mr. McGarahan's murder is symptomatic of a society which has in some cases grown selfish and materialistic in its prosperity.  The greatest honour we could pay the courageous Mr. McGarahan is to prevent similar tragedies ever happening again. 

To prevent incidents like this re-occurring we need to examine just why a group of adults in a reasonably wealthy society should feel the need to quasi-randomly beat another man to death.  This awful event makes plain how strong is the need for a change from a selfish, materialistic, Thatcherite society to one that is more caring, compassionate and peaceful, and where we treat each other as neighbours and not as a competitive threat. We surely need to look at how to change our society itself so that events like this no longer blight the towns and streets of East Anglia.
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