The past few weeks have been sort of hazy. I'm not even quite sure if they went by in a whirlwind or sluggishly slow. Probably a perceptively dependent hybrid of the two! Is anybody else feeling like this? I even missed my therapy appointment last week, so I couldn't even get a semi-unbiased second opinion on my state of mind. All I do know is that this heat probably has a little something to do with it. I've never been one of those people who crave for summer all winter long. I'm a proud cold weather lover! At least the cold keeps my brain moving. During the summer, I'm a big lazy sloth who doesn't wanna move (except to go to a pool or some sort of beach, but barely even that). One thing that has been said about the warmer months of the year, people tend to go a little bit... nuts if you will. There are numerous studies out there about how the crime rates get higher in the summertime . I'm sure people can go nuts at any darn time of the day, week, month, year, or millennium, but the studies do still fascinate me. There have been quite a few stories in the news recently that give me lots to ponder about the criminal mind. This post might get a bit dark, but let's all just knock on wood and dive right in, shall we?
These days, it's very hard to avoid the news. Still not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing for people's overall mental stability, but it's here to stay nonetheless. More and more of us are getting exposed to multiple sides of stories and scenarios that have been going on since forever, continuing to expose this world for what it truly has become. A hot mess! (literally, scorching. I'm sweating while typing this.) I truly begin to wonder, what goes on in the brain of someone who commits such unspeakable acts which have been so deemed by the general public? Is it nature? Is it nurture? Is it a chemical imbalance? Are some people just innately evil with no hope of recovery? Do people who commit crimes deserve sympathy at all?
One news story, in particular, that had me doing a bit of research, is from the hip-hop world. There was a rapper named XXXTentacion (therefore known as X) who was quite a controversial figure in the media. Some of the controversies include but aren't limited to; witness tampering, false imprisonment, domestic battery by strangulation, and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, for which he was awaiting trial . For these reasons, many people were boycotting his music, which even resulted in its removal from Spotify playlists, and generally boycotting him as a person. Last month, X was shot a killed during a botched robbery. He was 20 years old. The story gets interesting due to the aftermath and response of people on social media sites. Some were in a "good riddance" mood, while others were saddened. I personally have never even heard one note of this guy's music, or have fully read into the controversial claims, but it did bring up and interesting subject of whether or not to sympathize at all with those who have "done wrong", and does the heinous nature of their crime have anything to do with it.
Perhaps with celebrities, it's a bit different than a regular shmo who commits a crime. People have the tendency to become enchanted by talent, making them forget about wrongdoings, or even justifying the wrong. In the case of X's sympathizers, it was stated that he had a very rough upbringing and had health issues, which perhaps lead to some of his more violent tendencies. In other instances, however, where everyday people commit these same crimes or even worse crimes, are their backgrounds also looked into as being a cause? Furthermore, what deems a cause deserving of sympathy? Some of us have for sure gone through much more intense situations than others, and perhaps even some of us have true mental instability or imbalance that we constantly deal with. Who's to say? Maybe the mystery of innate evil, free will, and learned behavior through experiences will never truly be understood in its entirety.
Maybe people's obsession with crime stories stems from the fact that we actually know very little about the motivation. It's quite possible that most if not all of us have criminal thoughts. But what is that one thing that sets certain people over the edge? If I can be honest, I'm also very conflicted on whether or not to be sympathetic. I'm actually not even one of those folks who tries to see the good in everyone or anything like that. I'm fully aware that we all suck. It's just really hard to wrap my brain around people doing things for absolutely no reason at all. Another thing I'm still on the fence about is whether or not people can truly and genuinely change. When people go to prison and spend a certain amount of time in order to "rehabilitate", is even possible for everyone? How can we know? The logic of a prison sentence is basically "time heals all wounds", but does it? I know, I know, deep! I'll save more of the prison chat for a separate blog post I suppose. But just planting some seeds of thought in you all. Never settle for the black and white of it all, everything is grey...
P.s. I think I was in a crime writer sorta mood today because I watched a bunch of Investigation Discovery channel shows right before bed. Has anyone seen "Dates From Hell"? Those stories are crazy! 
P.p.s. These days it seems like we write people off for smaller and smaller things. I've seen certain people say one controversial phrase and get boycotted. How small of a drop of wrongdoing makes a person boycott worthy? Have we all not sinned?
P.p.p.s. This heat kinda does wanna make you slap a random person though... Hot and bothered!