Vick & Violence

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This picture has been widely circulated online and through email, however, it is not connected with the Virginia Beach Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and their efforts to rescue animals after hurricane Katrina.  Regardless of authenticity, the picture speaks for itself and it is haunting.  

Michael Vick’s career is likely over.  And the big question is, “What was he thinking?”  He appears to have everything the world touts as being desirable: fame, wealth, health, skill & athleticism (plus almost anything else that money can buy).  But now he is mixed up in dogfighting of all things—an alter ego underworld of disgrace, gambling, death, chance & barbarism.  It is a terrible thing to train innocent animals to kill each other, and Vick should be punished if he is guilty.

But should we be surprised?  Encouraging senseless violence among animals makes the news headlines because it’s relatively unusual.  Yet our society is steeped in violence, and we are generally numb to its frequent occurence.  Over three decades now, our society has allowed women to intentionally kill their own pre-born children which occurs nearly 3,700 times every single day.  We just ignore this violence against children and call it “choice.”  The local evening newscasts mention daily the other people who are violently and intentionally abused or murdered in communities across our nation.  Many of us don’t give it a second thought.  The court systems and law enforcement are over-burdened as criminal cases continue to rise, and the single greatest percentage of taxpayer dollars is usually budgeted for prison management and law enforcement.  

Vick’s undoing is just one example and symptom of our diseased society.  Proverbs 30:12 says, “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.”  Like Vick, America would seem to have a lot going for it. You know, “the land of the free and the home of the brave” and “the American dream” stuff.  But inside, our nation is mired in spiritual crisis and we are self-destructing from within.  When I look at the picture above, I see beyond the tragic end of an innocent puppy or promising career—I see the tragic consequences of a society not washed of its own violence.

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4 comments so far

  1. Jay on

    Sorry, just realized comments function had not been working properly.

  2. totaltransformation on

    Awww.. I wonder when he fought that dog?

  3. Matthew on

    That pic looks very photo-shopped. Vics and the dogs heads don’t match the rest of the pic. It may be a function of flash and lighting, but I’d discount the veracity of that picture.

    What Vic did was wrong and illegal, and there is no doubt that he did it, but I don’t think that picture is accurate.

    I agree with you though, we are getting terribly upset over something that’s bad, when something truly terrible happens so many more times every day, and few if any make any protest.

  4. Jay on

    Thanks for the comment Matthew.

    There’s no way I can vouch 100% for the photo above. I wish that I could. It was orginally framed in an animal rights organization flyer when I received it by email. That connection is denied at their website. I cropped the picture out of the flyer and also manipulated the lighting, etc., to see whether I thought it looked like a digital fake. (I also wanted to see Vick and the dog better.) But I can’t find any evidence of photoshopping. After comparing my edited picture with the original as found online, I can see that what I posted looks “off.” So as of 8/18/07, I am reposting with the online original. What do you think? I think it looks legit.


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