Around one in the morning last Sunday, May 6, three unidentified people stoned a duck to death in Concord, New Hampshire, on the Washington Street bridge, at Fowler Street. The white duck was unable to escape because her wings were clipped.
She lived at the adjacent Electric Avenue dam site, the last survivor of a small flock of domesticated ducks who had lived free-ranging near the dam for the past several years. She was friendly to people, and bothered nobody. Only too obviously, she was a better neighbor than some. She will be missed.
A recent posting on this blog quoted Carl Jung writing about “the immense darkness of the human mind,” as if there was grandeur in that darkness. Here, then, is a more homely truth, that some darkness of the human mind is petty; pettiness itself.