Its about 800AD, in what will later become Sacred Ridge, which is just south of Durango Colorado. There is some kind of dispute between 2 or more cultures and 1 culture is wiped out. Men, women, children,,,,,, everyone is rounded up, tortured, and killed. There is evidence that suggest that hands were removed from the bodies as trophies, and the huts the people lived in were burned after the slaughter. This is not the act of a single person, or a small group of people, this was the actions of a whole community.
Fiction you say? Read this article on Discovery.com about how Genocide Wiped Out Native American Population.
What could have made one group of people turn on another group? Was there a disease that was blamed one something like witchcraft? Did 1 group of people think the other 1 had put a curse on them, or maybe poisoned them?
Lets fast forward to the Black Death of 1348 – 1350, in which killed millions of Europeans. As the usual scapegoat, Jews were rounded up, blamed for outbreaks of the plague, and were put to death. Some Jews met with grizzly, unspeakable deaths, such as being burned to death.
More recently, Cholera fears sparked an anti-clinic protest in Haiti. When Doctors Without Borders went to setup a clinic, the people became afraid and started throwing rocks. The situation got so bad that armed guards had to be brought in to protect the clinic.
Its just human nature to fear what we do not understand – thats the way its always been, and that is the way its going to stay.
The big question is, if some kind of plague (or some kind of disease) breaks out in the civilized world, will we react any different?
People in the 40s and higher should remember the fear that was being spread in the late 1980s due to HIV/AIDS. People with HIV were fired from their jobs, they were shunned by the majority of society. But the thing with HIV, the majority of its victims were gay. So if someone had a blood transfusion and caught HIV, they had the double stigma that they “must” be gay to catch HIV and the stigma about the disease itself.
I like to think that we live in an educated society, and that we can overcome just about anything. But after what happened with the gays and HIV in the 1980s, I wonder if our primal instinct for fear of what we do not understand, is stronger then our intelligence.