Is murder now so commonplace a news item that we don’t pay much attention to it, or even show much outrage?
The Mexican news media is full of headlines about murders and assassinations. Apparently, each year keeps breaking records for such crimes. The drug cartels here believe assassinations are just politics as usual, and “democratic” in a neolithic sort of way.
North of the border, there’s been more massive gun violence. It has become so absurdly common that they could start a news section like the weather: “And now, here’s Todd, to give us a round-up of today’s murders and shootings.”
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.”