This story has me pissed!
Over the past few days, there have been 7 random attacks in these Chicago neighborhoods. Reports say that anywhere from 3-6 random men are responsible for the various beatings, where the victims are mugged and violently attacked.
This just SUCKS!
Unfortunately, this story hits home with me for a few reasons:
1. I live here. I basically live on the border of the Lincoln Park & Lakeview neighborhoods.
2. Many times I go to the gym later at night, which leaves me walking home around 10:30-11pm. I also run the lakefront path in the later evenings at times...and although I do not run with my wallet or anything of much value, I don't want to have to start worrying about being ambushed.
3. I know one of the victims. A friend of mine was brutally attacked late Sunday night. He was hit in the head & face with a brick and brass knuckles, ending up in the hospital. He had to get 10 stitches in his lip, has a gash in his head, bruised and sore all over.
Like I said...This gets me pissed!
My initial response to the situation is:
"You Goddamn Motherf*ckers! You low-life scum of the earth! GO back to wherever you came from! I hope you are caught and punished heavily, you f*cking pieces of shit! Karma's a bitch and I hope you get everything that's coming to you, f*cking assholes!
Sorry if that seems harsh...
But it's my initial reaction.
Look...when my safety...and the safety of my friends...is threatened, it is not something that I take lightly. I should not have to worry about getting attacked while walking on my own street.
After taking a step back, and pausing to breathe for a minute, I want to try to rationalize why a person would do something like this?
The therapist in me wonders, 'What would cause a person to disregard someone else's life so much that it leads to brutal, physical violence? I mean...clearly these attackers have no conscience, right?
There must be a reason. Maybe they grew up with terrible childhoods and lived out extremely bad situations. OR...maybe they had great upbringings, and when forced to make it on their own they couldn't deal with the pressure.
Something happened along the way to cause morals and values to go out the window.
So...after thinking about it, and taking a step back to rationalize why a person would possibly do something like this, I have come to this conclusion:
Those people are the scum of the earth. I hope these assholes get found out and justice is served!
I hate to say that, but look...We've all faced tough situations in life. I don't know about you, but I've had my share of rain, and I have been making it through.
I grew up with a rough childhood, I've been kicked down, and still continue to get kicked down by many...but I can't imagine violently attacking someone. I have been to the point where I've felt so hopeless, and so low that I would have LOVED to have punched a few people in the face, but random attacks on strangers?...for pleasure? No way!
That thought wouldn't even cross my mind!
It's just such a sad situation.
So to the attackers: I hope you are getting some kind of sick pleasure out of it now, because it's only temporary. In the long run, hopefully you will get caught & punished, and you will look back asking yourself why you were so stupid! Even if you don't get caught, you will have to live with yourself and the karma you just brought upon you. I hope you get help for your sick, twisted minds.
In the meantime, please...PLEASE...leave me and my neighbors alone.