When I was a kid, we used to sing the taunt, “Shame, shame, everybody knows your name!”
I don’t remember who taught it to us, but we took great delight in singing it to anyone we wanted to shame and humiliate.
I was a horrible child. I’m still horrible, but I clean up nicely and mostly refrain from pointing out people’s sin to their face in public.
Still, what is it about us humans that we love to shame others?
As I write this, the shame target of the current news cycle is Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed, skinned and beheaded 13-year-old Cecil, Zimbabwe’s celebrity lion.