Last week I talked about how much of a relief it was to see Mike progress past the dogfighting issue and that we could finally see his time after getting out of prison. So of course this week we find ourselves right back at the dogfighting issue.
What I’m NOT saying is that we should look past that issue or forget about it. I think there are several lessons to be learned, like how to make better decisions and how to treat living things. What I am saying is that since prior to this series we all knew what happened, I felt no need to “relive” it.
But maybe I was kind of wrong…
I didn’t expect Mike to take us inside the dogfighting compound on his old estate. For the first time, with the exception of those aerial shots on the news, we got to see where the dogs lived, trained, fought and died.
Mike’s not going to gain any support after this episode…if anything, I think the people who say he is cruel and sick will agree even more; but I think some important things can be taken from it.
Mike talked about and showed us some things that had me going, “He shouldn’t have done that” – like showing how they hanged the dogs. I kept going, “Man, you should have kept that to yourself because we know what you did. We don’t need those details.” But as I thought about it, I decided differently.
One, this was a part of his therapy. Sometimes you have to relive the past to fully get over it. I think it was good for Mike to go back to the compound, see things in a different light, and know that he would never want to do something like this again.
Two, for others who are into dogfighting, hopefully seeing this will help them decide it’s not the way to go. I wouldn’t value an animal over a human, but it had to hit you in some kind of way when Mike talked about how the dogs would cry.
No matter what, Mike still has to live his life moving forward. But in telling these experiences, I think he realizes how life can be better for himself from now on, and how his experiences can make life better for others. What do you think?
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