Stories in today’s press foster a rumination about “misconduct.”
The monarch of Thailand banished two courtiers from his entourage for “extremely evil misconduct.”
Unpacking the phrase’s implications suggests there may be three shades of misconduct:
Evil misconduct (Grey)
Extremely evil misconduct (Black)
The stabbing death of a Maryland man in an argument over a Popeye’s chicken sandwich is white misconduct. Brutish and violent, but too stupid to be evil.
The man who attacked a Syrian immigrant for speaking Arabic on a San Diego trolley committed grey misconduct. Brutish, violent, and stupid, yes — but also poisonous.
The Thai story doesn’t specify the sin. Being a monarchy, it was probably either sexual or financial — more white than black except to kings.
Here’s where it gets grim.
A country teetering on failed narco-state status has seen the ambush and slaughter of three women and six children. The failing state borders the world’s largest market for psycho-active intoxicants. No authority in that market stems demand. No authority in the failing state stems supply.
If this post were really about grammar I would ask: What is a color of “misconduct” blacker than black? One that matches a massacre where toddlers burn to death strapped in car seats with mother shot dead point-blank in the chest?
(c) 2019 JMN