Damien on… Legitimate Targets?
So a couple of days ago, some nut-job walks into LAX and kills a TSA official, wounds two others – and wings a bystander.
In gun-happy America, such incidents are almost a daily occurrence and normally, those hearing the news items would mourn.
But given who THESE particular targets were, one cannot help but wonder – how many Americans GENUINELY mourned THIS time?
But it is a fact that America is a LARGE, RICH country – which means that every year MILLIONS of their citizens have little practical choice but to FLY – requiring them to be touched up, abused and humiliated by TSA officials.
And said officials are but one example of a whole BUNCH of people in this world whose sole purpose in life appears to be to make life as DIFFICULT as possible for everyone else.
Of course, the TSA are peculiar to America, born as a reaction to their “9/11” – but many other organisations are UNIVERSAL: bureaucrats, traffic wardens, cops, immigration officials, security pukes, prison warders – the list is seemingly endless.
But then, many would respond with, “…but if those people did not exist, society would crumble into anarchy. We NEED them.”
Which is sadly true. While most people would behave themselves without them, there will always be those few who screw it up for the rest of us.
Then again, if those officials were reasonable, behaved with good humour – or hell, just showed a little HUMANITY now and then – they would be more popular.
However, the reality is that certain kinds of jobs attract certain kinds of people. And the above-mentioned ones tend to attract SCUM.
You see, all these jobs have one thing in common: they allow their employees to HIDE behind BADGES and UNIFORMS, while PUSHING PEOPLE AROUND.
Sanctioned by the system, they are free to HASSLE us with virtual impunity. And should you dare to complain, they can pepper-spray, Taze (NOT a completely non-lethal device) and even SHOOT you, claiming you were threatening SECURITY – rather than THEM.
And the system will almost ALWAYS back them up. Having sanctioned them in the first place – it has little choice.
So who ARE these people? Well, mostly they are the now-grown-up kids you BEAT UP at school: the control-freaks, the ugly, the misfits, the dour and humourless nerks you gave a hard time to.
And having endured your crap throughout their formative years, now they are out for REVENGE.
In other words – YOU created them.
[For a specific EXAMPLE of what this article is about – go to… http://corneliusatloppers.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/cornelius-on-the-geek-of-chelmsford/]
UPDATE! I have “elevated” the following exchange from “comments” – as it’s kind of important…
WOW! I hadn’t noticed that. I went back to the story to check – and you’re RIGHT!