It’s the end of the world as we know it… and I don’t feel fine.

October 4, 2007 at 6:55 am 9 comments

Phoenix has been in the news a lot lately, and I can’t say much of the news has been good.  Okay there’s the Diamondbacks making it into the playoffs, but other than that we aren’t exactly being bastions of society.  I’d say that the heat here finally melted people’s brains (and with it their common sense and human decency) but it’s cooling off and the mercury is actually dipping into the low 70s at night.  No, I think society as a whole is collapsing like a Jenga tower with one too many pieces taken out.  And Phoenix, sadly, seems to be right in the thick of the badness that is enveloping the American culture.

Case in point:  Today an elderly man was struck by a truck while waiting at a bus stop.  That’s awful, right?  No wait, it gets worse.  After the out-of-control truck struck and killed the man, the onlookers STOLE HIS GROCERIES!  Yes, that’s right, as the man lay dying the people around him didn’t attempt to help him, they took his eggs and milk and flour.  That is just sick.  Sick and twisted and makes me seriously doubt the idea that people are inherently good.  If the first thing that comes to someone’s mind when a person lay before you DYING is to steal their belongings, then maybe George Carlin is right when he says that humankind is just a disease that has taken over the earth.

Earlier this week, also in the lovely Mecca known as Phoenix, a woman held in custody after “causing a disturbance” at the Phoenix airport died after she somehow managed to strangle herself with her own handcuffs.  Wasn’t she supposed to be in custody?  Isn’t custody supposed to entail someone actually watching her?  I mean, when I was a teen and was babysitting people’s children, I had to watch them to ensure they didn’t light each other on fire or run with scissors or … I don’t know, STRANGLE THEMSELVES WITH HANDCUFFS!  I was a minor at that time and understood that if I was in charge, I needed to be responsible and watch the people I was entrusted with.  Why did that not happen with the Phoenix police?  I’m baffled first that someone can strangle themselves with their own handcuffs, and secondly that it would happen while they were in “custody”.

What has the world come to?  And what are we devolving into?


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  • 1. Vespasian  |  October 4, 2007 at 8:44 am

    I used to think that this sort of evil was something unique to Phoenix, as though the city had been founded over the lost tomb of Azazel or Beelzebub. But reading the comments on AOL about the story of the woman who strangulated in custody convinces me that it’s more than just Phoenix. It’s America in general. Everything our culture touches seems to turn coarse, violent and stupid, including its citizens who remain blissfully untainted by the dread spectre of education.

    I used to have a certain amount of faith in human nature. We’d defeated Hitler, we’d gone to the moon, we’d essentially cured polio and smallpox, we were making huge strides in sociology and psychology, men of principle had shouted down Joseph McCarthy, and then something terrible happened. I don’t know what it was, but something terrible happened and it’s come to this, stealing a dying man’s groceries and Britney Spears leaving the house without her underwear. It isn’t the same world as it was when I was a kid, I can tell you that.

  • 2. Scott-O-Rama  |  October 4, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    After having a chance to get out of Phoenix, I can tell you I know exactly what you mean. I think Phoenicians in particular hide behind the anonymity of sameness (i.e. one house looks like every other house, one section of town looks like every other section of town) to have become truly uncaring human beings. Witness how the other day I asked at least 15 different people for a jump for my car (I already had jumper cables with me), but NO ONE would help me.

    I have finally changed my thinking about this place, and I want out. I have a blog post in the draft stage that I’m working on that is very much in the same sentiment as your post.

  • 3. rcktman  |  October 4, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Not being from Phoenix, I can’t speak to the aptitude of its residents… but I can tell you that it’s not just a local problem for your region. There are sick, twisted, depraved people of this type all over the WORLD. Escaping a city isn’t going to solve that problem. You’ll find these whackos wherever you lay your hat. It’s just (as Janet Jackson once said) the state of the world today.

    I know, strange to quote a Jackson in times like this… but it fit.

  • 4. Jose  |  October 4, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Well I am from Phoenix, after living in Los Angeles most of my life and finally moving to Phoenix in 1990 I can tell you that this is still a way better place to raise a family, to ride a motorcycle, to visit beautiful places, to go out at night not feeling so threatened . Phoenix is a big city and won’t come close to being perfect but I wouldn’t trade this place just yet.

    Humanity is changing but it’s the same all over, just a sign of the times, it will probably get worse unless we all start caring again.

    But you are right, the country sont “You find out who your friends are” come to mind.

  • 5. GypsyCurse  |  October 4, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    The elderly man being robbed is one of the sickest things I’ve ever heard of. What a lovely thing for a man dying in agonyzing pain to see – That his fellow man could care less about helping him and the horror of being helpless while folks around you steal what you need (you thought) to survive. Another good arguement for capital punishment. I think the woman who died in custody would have a lot more sympathy if she hadn’t pulled the little spoiled and priveliged rich girl stunt/tantrum at the airport in the first place. I think all those abusive uses of tasers were wasted and should be saved for someone more deserving like this broad. When you’re a child these I-didn’t-get-my-way blowups are disgusting, but when adults pull them, it takes on a more evil connotation.

  • 6. Scott-O-Rama » Eat At... I Mean, Read At Ed's  |  October 5, 2007 at 5:26 am

    […] blogging buddy and friend Ed of the Whine & Cheese blog has a great post expanding on the topic brought up by ChollaChick that I linked to this morning.  Go read it […]

  • […] also pointed us out to these horrible stories from Phoenix on Cactus Soup. And people wonder why I get so pissed off and bitter about our fellow […]

  • 8. Leland  |  October 8, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Of course, there are horrible stories such as this. And they are horrible. But it’s up to each of us to decide what we might do to change tomorrow’s news stories. Perhaps when we run across someone with a flat, who might not have a cellphone, we could offer to call someone for them. Or maybe we can teach a child in our life that it’s GOOD to help others, or that stealing is wrong. We can’t easily change others’ behaviors, but what can we do to change our own?

    Just a thought…. and thanks for provoking discussion on the issue…

  • 9. Bill  |  January 22, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Good Morning, Citizens of Phoenix.

    Just happened to come across this site and decided to with everyone in Phoenix a Good Morning from a place named Hampton, Virginia.

    Most of you have never heard of Hampton, but most of us have heard of Phoenix. That is OK

    Wishing you the best for a smile




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