Empty Days

Thursday, October 23, 2003

saints and sadists

Seen that documentary before but couldn't keep myself from watching it again - it's that good. Check out The Taking of Logan Marr on PBS tonight.

Like all truly thoughtful stuff, this particular investigation turns over some universal rocks, while ostensibly examining an obscure yet poignant case of power abuse by small clerks in small town gov outfits. To my mind, this whole story is not only about wasted kids and wayward mothers, but also and mostly - about the devils of the ubiquitous psychology of the good and the lawful.

Sainthood turns into unavowed sadism. Sinners are trampled and ground to dust. The obligatory love for thy neighbour's child "as if she were your own" is predicated upon power madness... And through it all the great demon of human stupidity beats its mighty wings.

Themes worthy of Dostoevsky and Marquis de Sade.





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