Image by Sailing "Footprints: Real to Reel" (Ronn ashore) via FlickrThis morning as I was listening for the zillionth time to Roy Orbison singing Pretty Woman, I thought "isn't it time for a cover version?". A good thump thump beat for a start and a bro mouthing sumthin' like "Yo bitch, watcha doin on my street?..." but alas I have more serious thoughts to consider.
This week one of my three cats caught a bird and brought in inside the house. All that was left in the morning was a scattering of feathers and a bloodied torso, no head, no feet to clean up.
I've seen how cats play with their pray before they finally kill. It's the instinct in them and I don't object to it or find it repulsive as some people might. That's the way of nature.
Of course, I have to wonder about the human species and the instinct to enjoy the kill.
I've never enjoyed killing whether it be deliberately or by accident when as a child I accidentally stepped on a kitten, I was distraught. I was even upset when I accidentally euthanized my pet goldfish. I've never been into hunting and the few times that I've gone fishing I always feel sympathy for the fish when I have to knock it on the head.
So, I have to wonder about those of us who go hunting for sport. Those of us who still have the instinct for the kill, the thrill of the kill rather than the need to kill to eat as do carnivores.
The juxtaposition of a cat playing with it's prey and a human serial killer enters my mind.
It's an aweful thought and it worries me in ways I cannot articulate.
I've read enough about serial killers to know that in their warped mind, there is a connection with killing and sexual pleasure.
Now we all know about kinky sex and maybe aren't familiar with all the permutations possible within the experience of sexual gratification and related activities but that doesn't mean we have any urge to explore those areas. Some curious individuals might dabble in S&M for example but killing other human beings? That's just incomprehensible.
And this leads me to the question of "what is justice?". Is it enough that we lock away individuals who have a predeliction for murder? Is justice merely keeping our society safe from those who would harm us?
I don't have any answers, just questions question questions.