Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Blood Money

There are parts of Africa in which people believe that the body parts of albinos have the ability to make one wealthy, either by being useful in magical ceremonies, or by being literally infused with gold. This leads to a trade in albinos body parts, which is picked up on every few years by Western news outlets. This time, it's The Economist's turn to trot out some horror stories and the reaction is predictable. In the comment section of one social media link to the story a man from another part of Africa called the killers "Retarded savages."

And a thought occurred to me. I've known people who could tell you how much it would cost you to have someone murdered by a killer-for-hire. Why does the fact that our murder markets lack any supernatural motivation make them any better?

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