Some people like to think that mankind is "getting better all the time." As a Christian I believe that one of the fundamental truths of the human race is that we are a fallen race. That is to say that we fall short of the absolute moral and ethical norms that we ourselves believe to be right and good, and that we always will.
Unfortunately, we sometimes get quite clear evidence of that:
Five children have been arrested over the attempted murder of a five-year-old boy who suffered "horrific injuries" after apparently being tied around the neck with a rope and beaten.
Police are searching for another two or three youngsters in connection with the attack in woodland in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
A senior detective said the victim had "marks around his neck that could be consistent with ligature marks" and "the injuries look quite horrific". He also had bruises over his body. The boy was found at around 6pm on Tuesday wandering close to his home in the Chickenley area of Dewsbury.
Police arrested four local children - two girls aged 11 and 12, and two boys aged 11 and 12 - several hours after the boy was discovered, and a fifth, a 12-year-old boy, yesterday.
The details of this attack are truly horrific. That they could be perpetrated by those so young is almost beyond belief. Almost. Unfortunately, I do believe it. I'm afraid it will keep going on like this until the end.