Friday, April 22, 2011

Sense and Nonsense

I learned a long time ago that the process of making nonsense out of sense is easy. Making sense out of nonsense, however, is impossible.

Unless, of course, you are the person making nonsense.

Let's take rape, for instance. To the rapist, raping a woman makes perfect sense, because, after all, his needs are of utmost importance and his victims' needs are inconsequential.

The sadist justifies his behavior based on his own sense that what he is doing is excusable because he has given himself permission to perform the atrocity.

The victim, however, is left to make sense of the assault. And that will be her undoing, because no matter how long she wracks her brain, no matter how much written material she absorbs about the subject of rape, she will never make sense of the crime that makes no sense.

The only people who can make sense out of nonsense are the people who use excuses and justifications to minimize the impact of their crimes. Only a conscienceless individual can create sense out of nonsense.

As in the case of the rapist, he will convince himself that "She (or he) wanted it. She asked for it. She enjoyed it."

What's particularly disturbing, beyond the crime itself, is his dismissal of the crime and his strict adherence to his own misguided beliefs, all of which are based on falsehoods. He tells himself it's OK to rape and he believes what he tells himself. To those of us with a conscience, his reasoning is nonsense, but to him, he makes sense.

I challenge you to make sense out of nonsense and then show your results to any reasonable, sane person. I guarantee you, it can't be done, at least not by anyone who is sane.

And that completes Day #19 from the A-Z Challenge. Brought to you by the letter, S.

Previous A-Z Challenge blogs:

Amazon Hates Me – Day #1 from the A-Z Challenge

Bored – Why? – Day #2 from the A-Z Challenge

Craziness – Day #3 from the A-Z Challenge

When Your Daughter Develops, DON'T DO THIS! – Day #4 from the A-Z Challenge

Ellen – Day #5 from the A-Z Challenge

Family and Friends – Day #6 from the A-Z Challenge

The Grownup Table – Day #7 from the A-Z Challenge

Happiness & Joy – Day #8 from the A-Z Challenge

Idiots in the Attic – Day #9 from the A-Z Challenge

Jokes Accidentally – Day #10 from the A-Z Challenge

The Kid That Wasn't Named Ker – Day #11 from the A-Z Challenge

Living Out of Suitcases – Day #12 from the A-Z Challenge

Misunderstandings – I KNOW You Didn't Say What I THINK You Said

Networked Blogs on Facebook

The Old and The Elderly – At What Age Do You FEEL Old?

Peacocks Are Not Penguins

Quiz That Changed My Thinking

Reading Les Miserable


  1. Agreed. There are many things that are simply a 'perspective' thing, but then there are others that just are what they are, no matter how badly someone wants to try to paint them differently to suit their own needs.

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  2. And this is why antagonists in stories can't see that what they're doing is wrong. Thanks for sharing, and it's a pleasure to meet you via the A-Z challenge!