Newtown, India

[My response] was anger. It was anger at what our society has become. It was anger at what kind of monsters we are actually raising in our society. […] What is extremely shocking is how a human being can do this to another person. That was in fact my first, initial reaction. And then we started thinking about where are we going wrong, from a social and a legal point of view? And why are incidents like this repeating again and again?

That’s Prabhsahay Kaur, Delhi-based rights lawyer, talking about the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman earlier this week, on CBC’s As It Happens (the first in this podcast). But it didn’t have to be about what happened in New Delhi. It could have been about what happened in Newtown. Continue reading

See No Evil

I find myself often accusing our society and my particular milieu of an unjustifiable reluctance to face the uglier elements of our culture. Movie and television studios pulling or changing programming after the tragedy in Newtown is a case in point. 

So why don’t we like to talk about unpleasant things? That’s not a rhetorical question. Continue reading