Are we still evolving?

Is murder now a commonplace news item we don’t even pay much attention to or show much outrage over anymore?

The drug cartels believe assassinations are just politics as usual, and “democratic” in a neolithic sort of way.  Meanwhile, gun violence north of the border has become so commonplace that they may start a news section like the weather: “And now, here’s Todd, to give us a round-up of today’s murders and shootings.”

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For ages we’ve thought ourselves better than our fellow planetary species because we put on pants, use air freshener, and (we alone) do colonoscopies.  This, we believe, entitles us to feel “evolved.” And yes, there was a time, back in the day, when someone getting murdered or shot was a shock and a tragedy. You’d see it in the movies. Someone was always around to quote something from the bible or a country music song. It was a somber, startling event, causing us to mull over our own mortality. Today, deadly violence just conjures up the thought: “Wow, they haven’t gotten me yet.”

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