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How pathetic has the world become…

Posted by Stephen on July 3, 2007

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a woman was attacked. That in and of itself, shamefully, does not surprise or even alarm us any longer. After all, we as a society have become inundated with daily reports of kidnappings, slayings, rape, and violence which seems, in some circles, to have become some sort of sport to the sickest amongst us.

This particular attack was apparently theft related. The assailants, barring a knife as a weapon robbed the woman while threatening her life. Here again, we are not shocked by the story. We in fact may find it hard to muster up more than minimum empathy considering the state of affairs in society and the world as a whole. We have become hardened and cynical.

This story does have a twist however. When I was younger a shocking robbery took place that set the stage for an ‘anything goes’ approach to material desires over civil society. A young boy was killed for the Nikes he was wearing.

Most of us have heard that story so many times we don’t even know where it started, who it was, or where it took place, and yet, it is as vivid in our memories as yesterday’s headlines. Once again, we aren’t stunned any longer when we hear someone has attacked another person with the words “Give me your tennis shoes or I’ll kill you.” It seems as though we are numb to it all.

That said, the Associated Press story of a woman attacked in Sao Paulo, Brazil, still caught my beaten down eyes. You see, this woman wasn’t robbed of her money. The assailants didn’t steal worldly belongings. There were no jewels or priceless pieces of art involved. It wasn’t a car jacking, and heck, they didn’t even want her shoes.

Natalia Rinaldi, a police spokeswoman in the southeastern city of Araraquara, said that a man and a woman grabbed 19-year-old Simone Regina Penteado Sunday evening and “threatened to kill her with a knife if she didn’t stay still.”

“The woman grabbed about 90 centimeters (36 inches) of Simone’s dark brown hair and cut it off at the nape of her neck,” Rinaldi said.

“It is obvious they will try to sell the hair to wig makers or to hair-transplant centers,” she said. Rinaldi added that the thieves, who were still at large, could be charged with armed robbery which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

If that isn’t enough, Rinaldi said she did not know if the robbery was related to a similar attack in Araraquara in February, when assailants cut some 30 centimeters (12 inches) of a 45-year-old woman’s hair.

Are you kidding me? It’s bad enough that I can’t buy Nikes anymore, now I have to keep it high and tight as well? What has this world come to?

I have a friend who recently was blessed with a baby son. I think I’m going to send this story to him. I think I’m going to advise him not to get attached to the cute curls and golden locks that are sure to come soon.

I think my first gift to he, his wife and newborn son will be…sheep shears! No sense in taking any chances in a society gone mad. Now I just have to find my New Balance tennies so I can make my noon appointment to get my hair cut…

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


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