“No real pleasure in life.”

There’s this short story by Flannery O’Connor I read way back when I was a kid – A Good Man is Hard to Find. One line in particular has stuck with me in all the years since. I went and hunted down the exact words the other day:

“She would of been a good woman,” The Misfit said, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.”

As Trump and his lunatics get further and further detached from reality, his supporters silently egging him on every inch of the way, I find myself wondering if violence really is the only thing that might make them stop and listen. There’s no reasoning with a zealot. No point in talking to those who refuse to believe the evidence right before their own eyes. No saving those who have categorically rejected reason and evidence. And – as long as they continue to dominate this country’s politics – there can be no living with them either. No answer left but the ballot or the bullet.

(I wonder if that’s why conservatives have always so staunchly opposed gun control. Perhaps they subconsciously believe that they themselves only remain civilized due to the ever-present threat of force.)

“No pleasure but meanness.” Is that what it all comes down to?


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