They said, “Your fears are unfounded.”
They said, “We would never do such things.”
They said, “Your imaginations are getting away from you.”
Now they are getting ready to do it. And the press is on to them. Don’t look so surprised; this is the way of the world. Just as the discomfort of others is always preferable to one’s own discomfort, the death of others is always preferable to one’s own death. Especially if it is so easy to kill them. Especially if it will garner votes or money. Especially if such acts can be justified through utility, by appealing to thrift, or in those held up as beneficiaries of murder — just like you could be.