Back in our hot cocoon in Leon, jodido, watching 'cronica' news on channel 8, I realized I'd returned to the other world, the other culture of a different time-zone. A woman in the hills of Matagalpa departamento had filed a complaint with the police. Her neighbor had gotten 'intimate' with her sow. It wasn't just her claim. The old man of 70, also interviewed on TV, didn't deny having sex with her pig. The problem was that the pregnant sow miscarried afterward. She claimed the old man owed her 3,500 cordovas, or 500 per piglet still-born. The old man said he'd buy the pig for that matter, but he hadn't the money. That bit was on yesterday morning's 'news'.
This morning the same news program showed a 6-year-old boy who'd been run over by a truck. His head was under the rear double-tire wheel, but most of his little body was uncrushed, as I could see. The TV actually zoomed in on a crescent piece of skull & brain matter beside the tires. People here are somewhat accustomed to watching such sights on local TV. Not me. The interview with the mother was similarly otherworldly. She was aggravated, but not sad, as I saw her. She had kept the kid chained-up and complained about his getting away.
I recall the first time I saw a dead man on Nica TV. Lying in a pool of his blood he'd been knifed several times in the abdomen. Seemingly to prove that was the case, someone turned him by his shoulder for the TV. His guts spilled out.
It's my up-bringing - in a puritanical world where death is sanitized, discussed in the abstract, but never shown - that makes me unprepared for life/death in such rawness. OK, it shocks me, but because it's real I welcome this chance of knowing it. Only in small visual-bites, please.
(P.S. Phony mega-death is common in Hollywood movies, especially war flics with superheroes. These psychologically prepare young soldiers-to-be to enlist to serve the greatest war machine the world has ever known. Real death & killing, however, is starkly ugly. Thus too many return from the front(s) traumatized.)