Without venom, these days I guess I am trying to retrain myself. It is nice to run into people who promise this or that. But better than believing that they will keep their word is the delight that can rise up when they actually do: "What a nice surprise." Don't rely on it, just enjoy it when it actually happens.
A surprise rather than an assumption fulfilled. Praise fogs the picture. Credulity is a step too far ... much as facile skepticism might be.
Nineteen-year-old Liam Lyburd was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of eight years for planning a massacre at Newcastle College in England that had 'disrespected' him.
Given the cache of weaponry and social-media statements attributed to Lyburd, it seems clear that he was both angry and dangerous. But in point of fact he had not yet done anything. He gave his word ... but had not yet made good on it. Shall people be imprisoned for what they plan or imagine or fantasize about? It's a sticky wicket, but the question deserves to be asked ... just look at the imprisonment system at Guantanamo Bay where the 'might' and 'could' allegations are rife. If my thoughts or associations were the arbiter of my freedom, I hate to think of the dungeon I might be languishing in. The wood-chipper deaths of terrorists like Dick Cheney or Karl Rove is not outside my zone of imagination ... and probably keeps me in line: after all, I don't really want to keep my word.Judge Paul Sloan QC commended the member of the public who alerted police to Lyburd's behaviour.He told Lyburd that, if they had not, "it was only a matter of time before you would have put your plan into action"."Your emotional coldness and detachment and your lack of empathy to others was self-evident," he said.
Can anyone keep their word? How accurate or useful can words be in the end? If growing up is a matter of getting comfortable with the realm in which word lose their purchase, how useful is "keeping your word: or, put another way, "how damaging is not keeping it?"
Just blithering this morning.