upping the gore stakes

Since 2006, Mexico’s drug cartels have been trying to outdo each other with each act of violence. I thought they’d reached their peak with an incident in Caborca, Sonora, last year, when a group of narcos were sawed up limb by limb. Not so.
Hugo Hernandez, a 36-year-old from Sonora, was found in the Sinaloan city of Los Mochis last week. His torso was found in a plastic container in one location; elsewhere another box contained his arms, legs and skull, according to the Associated Press. Seven pieces in total.

His face, meanwhile, had been carved off and stitched onto a soccer ball.

There is no comment for this, really. But consider how far we’ve come since 2006: decapitated heads on a dance floor, grenades into a crowd of revelers, limbs sawed off, heads left in coolers, bodies hanging from overpasses, mass executions in rehab centers, decapitated heads thrown out of airplanes – what the hell’s next?

One psychologist estimates that 90 percent of Mexicans are sociopaths. The country has always been violent in certain parts, that’s for sure, but the statistic is probably pushing it. But what happens when people witness this stuff every day? When this becomes “normal”? They become numb to it, surely. At times, it might even filter through by osmosis. We’re a long way from the average Mexican walking over to his neighbor’s house and chopping his head off, but I do wonder how kids and other impressionable humans are being affected by all this.

ps – Mexico City, with its tolerance and peace-and-love approach to society (even if like any big city it has its share of crime), seems more than a world away from pockets in other parts of the country these days.

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