He was having a very bad day. So he allegedly killed a stranger.
It sounds like Meursault in Albert Camus’ novel “The Stranger.” Meursault is in jail for murdering an Arab for no reason when he says, “Since we’re all going to die, it’s obvious that when and how don’t matter.” That’s nihilism — the belief that there’s no reason for anything. It’s all brute chance.
Art mimics life. A young man identified as Brian Dowling, 18, was walking down a New York City street, when, for no reason, he allegedly decided to murder 31-year-old poet and social activist Ryan Carson with a knife, according to Fox News. Surveillance video showed the man identified as Dowling doubling back to spit in the face of Carson’s girlfriend Claudia Morales before leaving the scene. But, according to Dowling’s lawyer, his client is a “good” kid who wasn’t out “looking for trouble.”
If the alleged murderer wasn’t looking for trouble, what was he looking for, something to plug up the bottomless pit in the center of his being? Revenge for being born? A thrill?
The video of the senseless murder video showed Carson and Morales sitting on a bench on Lafayette Avenue near Malcolm X Boulevard just before 4 a.m. Monday morning. They had just attended a wedding and were dressed in formal attire. They sat there, talking and minding their own business.
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A man walked by. The couple stood and began walking in the same direction at a fair distance. They weren’t crowding the man.
Should this suspect