I read the news each morning looking for things that I can use in my blog posts or as I like to call them, my rants. Usually, I look for ways to link several articles into a common theme. Sometimes, however, I find a single article that strikes me so profoundly that it needs no back up from other sources. Yesterday was just such a day. Yesterday I found this article about the death of a 60-year-old man and his infant son.
Kenneth Battersby was a 60-year-old welfare recipient. He was also a single parent to a 2-year-old son. That was tragic, but I don’t want to speculate on the succession of bad decisions that must have led to a 60-year-old welfare recipient becoming a single father. I just want to ask the question of why they were so alone. Kenneth may have died of a heart attack but is son Bronson died from societal decay. Bronson stayed with the dead body of his father until he succumbed to dehydration and starvation. It was an agonizingly slow and lonely death.
The authorities now think that Kenneth died sometime around the New Year. And it is believed that Bronson may have been without food or water for up to 11 days.
A 2-year-old boy died because his father apparently had no family or friends. A social worker had been assigned to check in on them weekly. It was the social worker who eventually persuaded the police to enter the apartment and find the bodies.
How did it get to this? Why did we let the government become a substitute for friends and family? What happened to community? Humans are a social animal but in our modern society we have become so isolated that a 2-year-old boy can starve to death without anyone noticing. It is not just our institutions that are broken. Our society is broken.
This is how COVID tyranny was allowed to happen. Too few people care about anyone other than themselves. The laptop class experienced only minor inconveniences during the lockdowns. Some even saw the quality of their life improve without commutes and a boss chiding them about their low productivity. Almost none of the laptop class stopped to consider what was happening to others less fortunate than them. The government got away with victimizing some because the vast majority just did not care. We need to fix more than just our corrupt governments.