The Scream: The Shafia Trial Verdict

The jury has spoken its verdict, but it is not over.

Already the school system, legal and social service agencies that allegedly might have been able to avert the tragedy have been undergoing intensive scrutiny.  But no one else, regardless of what they knew, or when, should be forced to take any responsibility or feel any guilt in this heinous crime.

In Canada we do not have capital punishment.  No matter how hideous the circumstances, we have decided that it is morally wrong to take a person’s life in vengeance, whether collectively as a nation, or individually, as in this “honour killing”.

You have probably already heard and read more than you ever wanted to know about this. But check out the coverage in The Huffington Post this morning.

I also read up on Eduard Munch.  In the context of his life, The Scream has a poignant personal meaning that deepens its intensity. It has been widely interpreted as representing the universal anxiety of modern man. I had always assumed the image, painted in 1893, was a response to war, but Munch described the personal anguish behind the painting, “for several years I was almost mad… I was stretched to the limit—nature was screaming in my blood… After that I gave up hope ever of being able to love again.”

To me the painting speaks of the silent screams of those who live in pain and terror but have no voice to summon help! And that is more than enough!

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2 Responses to The Scream: The Shafia Trial Verdict

  1. Curmudgeon Bludgeon says:

    Funny? Not funny?

    Not sure.

    But if you want to kill someone socially, psychically, emotionally, I can’t think of a better way than forcing them to wear a bag over their head wherever they go. (A compulsory happy face is a close second, though. Talk about putting the face into fascist.)

    Goddamn, the whole thing makes my curmudgeony blood boil.

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