Isn't it amazing how innocent society has become?
From a personal perspective, I see little evidence of this, but then who am I to judge? But to class my friends and acquaintances as "innocent" would be pushing the boundaries of linguistic accuracy just a tad. Most of 'em have histories that would make the Devil himself blush.
Yet whenever some skobie or other lowlife lets fly with a gun in a housing estate and some bystander gets caught in the crossfire, that person always "innocent". How often have you hear about "Joe Rasher who was also killed was an innocent bystander". They are always fucking innocent!
Apparently anyone under the age of 18 is also as pure as the driven snow. [Just as an aside, how do you drive snow? Where’s the steering wheel?]. How often have we heard that Big Tobacco/Big Fast Food/Big Sugar [delete as appropriate] targets innocent cheeeeldren? Bollox! Most of the kids I know would happily rob your eye out of its socket and still come back for change.
I can only assume that there is some twisted perversion of logic at play here. If someone is "innocent" then by default anyone else who is mentioned must be "guilty", and of course "guilty" means they should be hung drawn and quartered. It's a neat little ploy to nudge the scales of justice against the "non-innocent"?
But there again, maybe the only people to be caught in the crossfire are those of pure mind and good deeds? Could Karma be having a great belly laugh by picking off only those who are saints personified? Are those bystanders really people of impeccable character who have never had so much as a bad thought in their lives?
I hope that's the case.
At least then I know I'll never be killed in the crossfire.