I don't watch much television. In fact, the channel played most in my house is Cartoon Network. I could write an essay on Ben Ten and his alien watch thing, or on Courage the Cowardly Dog, but as for real adult programming, uh, not so much.
So last time I was at the movie theater I saw an ad for a show called "Saving Grace" starring the fabulous and talented Holly Hunter. I thought, "Hmmm, that looks good. Maybe I'll watch it."
Last night I did.
Holly plays a cop with an angel, a real from heaven angel, as a buddy. The angel doesn't seem to do anything supernatural or fantastic, at least he didn't last night. Of course there are sub plots with the other officers who are her friends, lots of alchohol and "deserved" police brutality, but most of it was only alluded to last night.
All that to say, I like the show and would like to see all the previous episodes. Now I just have to figure out how to do it.
But that's not the point of this article.
It was the last few minutes of a show before Saving Grace. I didn't care for what I saw of it, the acting was WAY over done....but some people like their shows blackened, others raw. I fall in the latter category.
So, in this before Saving Grace show, a man murders his adopted son who is about 16 with a hammer. Why? The kid is psycho. He puts hamsters down the garbage disposal, chops up the family dog, etc.
The reason this grabbed my attention was because in the show, the father said he did everything else first. Took the kid to shrinks, disciplined him, military schools, even tried to send him back to Russia from where he was adopted.
Of course he couldn't see the future but the implication was clear.
Which got me to thinking.........which led to this question............
IF you knew a child/teen was going to grow into a serial killer, (say you babysat Adolph Hitler, or Jeffery Dahmner, and in a flash of clairvoyance, a vision from God, whatever, but you knew with every fiber of your being it was true), saw their future atrocities, would you kill him?
If you saw with crystal clear vision people being herded into railroad cars, gassed in chambers, starved and experimented on in concentration camps, adults and children alike, then dumped like so much rubbish in mass graves, would you do it?
Frankly, I know what my answer SHOULD be....but as I watched Saving Grace after this question popped into my head...and saw a little boy whose father drugged him, then burned him alive, except the boy didn't stay unconscious, his dad had to hold him down as the flames melted the skin from his body, boiled his internal organs, oh and the kid SURVIVED, to look forward to years of agony, I thought man, I know what my answer should be, but honestly?
I'm still thinkin.........