Earlier this month, two weaklings beat to death 88-year-old Delbert Benton in Washington (NY Daily News article). Benton was a World War II veteran who survived being wounded in combat overseas fighting on behalf of his country. In the end, a corrupt version of the culture he fought to protect from an outside imperial foe led to his demise.
The two thugs charged with beating and killing Benton are the product of a culture where the definition of respect has been perverted to mean fear. The term “props” seems to be the most precious achievement in life for the weaklings guiding American culture into the abyss. Props is a slang term for people too lazy to enunciate the words “proper respect”. Respect should mean having high regard for the ability of someone to be a productive member of society, or for the way in which someone honors their commitment to high standards and principles. Instead, the definition of respect has been twisted so even the most worthless and weak can feel as if they have earned it.
In modern American culture, respect is equated with fear. Evaluating these two terms and placing them on the same plane indicates a severe mental weakness. If an act doesn’t demonstrate or require honor and dignity, it cannot garner real respect from others. A child respects his parent who lays out rules and consequences for violating rules, and then follows through with consistently doling out punishment as promised when those rules are broken. A child does not respect an adult who beats him for behaving in a way he didn’t know was forbidden. The child fears this parent. Similarly, cowardly thugs wrongly believe they are receiving respect when the victim they point a gun at complies with their demand for money.
It seems apparent that Delbert Benton didn’t comply promptly with the demands of these two cowardly thugs, and they interpreted this as a form of disrespect. The same perverted values that led them to confuse respect and fear caused them to choose violence as a means of acquiring their “props”. So they killed Benton, a man who served in the military and raised a family, to make themselves feel they were superior to him because of it. In his prime, Benton surely would have defeated either of these weaklings, regardless of whether the conflict was a battle of strength in a street fight, or a battle of wits in a chess match. Like craven vultures seeking prey already wounded or dead, they sought out their victim in a vulnerable stage of his life. What they couldn’t accomplish through strength and fortitude, defeating a real man in combat the way Delbert Benton and other war veterans have done, they accomplished through a surprise attack on an outnumbered and fragile victim.
It’s an affront to justice and natural order when the better man loses to the weaker coward. In a just and honorable society, cowardly weaklings like these would not garner respect or even fear. The only reaction decent people should have to such an atrocity is one of disgust and anger.