The title says it all: I know a murderer. He's a recent murderer. He murdered for the first time September 16, 2020. It's the only murderer I know. Period. This man I let in my home, I let him hold my child, I let him eat my food, breathe the same air, use my stuff. It's been about a week since this murder happened, and it took me a long time to process it. I know it doesn't seem like a "long time" in the scope of most things, but for someone who reads about a lot of crap on the news, it was a long time for me, especially because there are many dynamics that I had to break down to get to this point.
Let me tell you a story...
Empathy is so important to human life. Judgement not so much. There is so much judgment in the world, especially on online articles. These articles can be from anywhere in the world, and because we are anonymous online, most of us become keyboard warriors. These keyboard warriors can fight for the right reasons, or they can fight for the wrong reasons. The ones that fight for the wrong reasons are usually trolls. Judgement on online articles attracts both type of warriors. They also attract one more: the everyday browser. These browsers have the option to think with empathy or judgement. They have the tendency to judge someone based on one article. This is wrong, in many instances. I know what its like to be on the receiving end of that misplaced judgement.
WARNING: This is not a shot by shot breakdown. This is my feelings and opinions and impressions based on what I saw.
Have you ever become unsatisfied with your current career path? I'm sure many people have been. I had been pretty satisfied with my career path. It isn't the most glamorous, nor the best career nor even the most lucrative. I was a retail worker. I loved it for a long time, especially when I was working for the right store.
Well, when I started my journey with my original account here on vocal I thought that I'd be there forever, but once I learned that because of some personal reasons that I would not be able to change the information on my old stripe account without engaging with someone from my past that is dangerous and toxic - well here I am. New account, new me I guess. That's just how its going to have to go isn't it? I have no other choice, am going to miss my old articles, and on the revenue I could be getting from those articles. Heck, a $20.00 tip went straight to my ex. I didn't see a penny of it. Ah, well. At least I hadn't gotten very popular.