This is one of those headlines that sparks your subconscious to instruct your brain to move your head back and forth, with your mouth hung slightly open, and a generally glazed-over countenance. This is a primal, outward reaction while your brain tries to figure out the proper words to adequately describe such a bewildering circumstance. I believe the term invented for just this occasion is ‘dumbfounded’.
This story broke on July 23, but I wanted to give it a few days to see if there would be any kind of follow up that would shed some more light on the facts of the initial reports. So far there are no news articles correcting, debunking, or dismissing any of the claims in the Daily Mail article.
Too bad, I was hopeful there would be updated reports that the chaining was actually an occasional happening. I was hoping to learn that the family had taken the man to seek some king of medical advice before seeking the spiritual route. I was hopeful that some kind of government institution was going to hold investigations into the allegations of wrongful imprisonment, abuse, torture, or some other broken law based on the depraved inaction by a community of people that apparently allowed this to occur for six years. This is to say nothing of my hopefulness that someone of significance in Saudi Arabia would take a stand and correctly profess that there is no such thing as genies!
No hope as of yet.
What’s that old saying I’m fond of repeating? Ah yes …
Medieval beliefs yield medieval results.