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This morning I killed a pigeon. And I
didn’t like it. Not only did I not enjoy the experience but it made me feel
Like a pigeon murderer.
There is not much to say about the
incident. I was driving my 4x4 through a leafy suburb of Johannesburg when the
pigeon flew directly into my windshield. There was no time to slow down and I
hit the creature with the full force of the car. I didn’t even apply breaks and
forensics would have found no skid marks on the road.
I shudder to think what they might have
They could well have considered the event
to have been deliberate. Even though it wasn’t.
I debated stopping to check if there was
any hope for the lifeless avian that now lay on the side of the street. I
considered the protocol and what a reasonable person in such a position should
do in these circumstances. But I came up with nothing. I knew there was little
chance of me administering CPR and I was confident that my mouth was to go
nowhere near that beak. Not ever.
I guess I should have properly contemplated
doing the Cain thing and wrapping it in something before burying it. But I was
late for a meeting and could hardly imagine leaving the corpse in my car until
I was done.
So I drove on.
And I thought of what it must feel like to
hit a cat or a dog by mistake.
Or a person.
Then I thought of the car ramming terror of
Barcelona. And of London and of Berlin and of Paris and of Israel. And I tried
to imagine what could make a person so evil, so indoctrinated and so angry that
they would choose to aim their vehicle at a crowd of people and to drive into
I tried to imagine how any person could
reach a point where it would not only be acceptable, but commendable to
deliberately point their car or truck towards pedestrians and then to floor the accelerator in order to
hurt as many as possible. And to watch and witness their faces as they
scrambled in terror for their lives.
In some ways it requires more callousness
than a suicide bomber who never sees the destruction he causes – if we are
ranking levels of evil. Which we probably shouldn’t. The suicide bomber never
registers the fear and the panic and the pain and the death on the faces of the
innocent. He never sees the pigeon lying lifeless on the side of the road. And
he doesn’t try and have a work meeting after, whilst hiding a dark and
Which is why I believe that it is crucial
and critical to look into the minds of the perpetrators. Into the psyche of the
truck drivers in order to understand how they go from being someone who
believes in the sanctity of the life to being someone who rejoices in and who
celebrates and admires death.
None of us are born to kill pigeons. I am
convinced of that. And certainly none of us are born to enjoy it.
- Howard Feldman is the author of Carry on Baggage and Tightrope and the afternoon drive show presenter on Chai FM.Disclaimer: News24 encourages freedom of speech and the expression of diverse views. The views of columnists published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. * Only comments that contribute to a constructive debate will be approved by moderators.
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