Sens-iety: Anxiety induced by attempting to make sense out of the senseless.
I like all kinds of puzzles and have since I was a child. But the best, most challenging puzzles are contained within the human mind — on both the individual and collective levels. What makes perfect sense to one individual may seem utter nonsense to another. Why is that? Oh, please, don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer from me!
I am frequently reminded of a scene from an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit entitled “Zebras” in which Stuckey, a youthful crime scene investigator, is processing a murder scene and stops to tell his wild theory of the crime to Detectives Benson and Stabler. Listening to Stuckey’s theory while bending over the victim’s remains, Benson pauses, looks up at him and says, “It’s not zebras.” Stuckey is obviously puzzled by this comment so Stabler explains, “If you hear hooves in Central Park, don’t think zebras.”
I first equated the Zebra Syndrome to jurors in the Casey Anthony capital murder trial. They heard evidence little Caylee Anthony had been smothered in duct tape, stuffed into garbage bags and disposed of in a swampy area. The coroner testified she determined the manner of death to be homicide but could not determine the cause of death. One juror genuinely concluded the child’s death was an accident made to look like a homicide.
See what I mean? There’s no explaining that. He believed what he wanted to believe.
Anyway, welcome to my blog. Whether I’m ranting or just musing, I promise I’ll try not to bring you zebras. But, frankly, some things just aren’t so black and white.