the slow demise of civil society.
last weekend, listening to professor l. talking about evil lawyers and the hate for them over the millenia, i realised that the history of rome does show that the end of civil society is near when lawyers become ruthless, when the sytem of law, the lawmaking and the rule of law are corrupted.
i had to think about that when hearing that christopher pittman, a boy who was 12 year old when he killed his grandparents while being medicated with zoloft, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
a society that considers 12 year olds as legal adults is very obviously seriously fucked. it gets even more mind-boggling if this happens in a society that otherwise does not give teenagers (hell, at 12, you're not even a teen!) responsibilites and keeps them dependent well into their twenties.
if you've ever been around 12 year olds for any prolonged period of tim, you very well know that they are *not* adults.
from what i've read, studies have shown that teenage brains are not capable of the same reasoning that adults are because they are going through a massive change. i don't even want to get into the issue of psychoactive medication for teenagers and about what that does to the growing brain.
i am so glad that i live in a country with a working juvenile legal system. and i very much wonder how the district attorney, who apparently pulled some horrid stunts in the courtroom, can look at himself in the mirror in the morning.
hell, why am i surprised in the first place?
oh, no, wait, i am not.
it's the same society in which damien echols, jessie misskelley and jason baldwin have been imprisoned for 13 years. right.
how do i love thee, old europe?