Saturday, March 5, 2011


We customarily refer to bestial or brutal individuals as "animals," yet I firmly believe that no matter how the puma eyes me as I pass his cage, sizing me up for his supper, or whatever noxious bacterium or creature one can think up, no creature on earth but human beings can be evil. I suppose I buy into the definition of crime that Foucault discusses in his book Discipline and Punish, the notion that intentionality is all. But who knows what the intentions of a killer whale or a gila monster really are? I am making a lot of assumptions about this.

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