Story Time

Once upon a time there was a man – let’s call him Michael.  He was a very successful athlete, making millions playing a game.  But this man had a darker side.  He organized and operated an illegal dog fighting operation.  Well, to make a potentially long story short, Michael got caught.  The world was outraged.  How dare he harm these innocent animals!  He deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail, rotting in a place where he can be treated in the same manner as he treated those poor dogs.  There were many vocal protestors.  He went to court.  He admitted his wrongdoing.  He was found guilty.  He was sentenced to 23 months in prison, with early parole a possibility for good behavior.  He has lost most of his money and has filed for bankruptcy. 

In another time and place, a different man, also an athlete was living the good life.  We will call him Daunte.  Sadly, his good times didn’t last.  He got drunk and hit a man while driving.  That man died.  Strangley enough, there were very few people that were outraged.  At least, no one made signs and camped outside of his home and workplace.  Daunte admitted he was drunk and accepted responsibility for his actions.  He went to court.  He was found guilty.  He was sentence to 24 days in jail and two years of house arrest.

So, what is the moral of these two similar, yet substantially different stories?  Simple:  Kill dogs and become the bane of our society and go to prison for a very long time.  Kill a man and get a slap on the wrist.  Let’s make it our goal to only kill human beings from now on because heaven have mercy on our souls if you harm a poor, soulless animal.

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