"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
This sounds like a tragic case all the war around. I see little that could have prevented it from going down badly as it did.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
"And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness."
When I was a cop, we were taught that we should NEVER question the judgment of the officers-on-the-scene... at least not where the public could hear, and not where the LT could hear it either.
Privately, yeah we talked about stuff, and we said "Yeah, that was a bad call."
Part of the problem with modern policing is that Officer Safety has grown more important than "to protect and serve".
Considering public safety, how safe was it having officers firing at a playground? I guess we're lucky it wasn't the NYPD, their hit-to-miss record is abominable...
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."