You know, there is a certain lack of role models in pop culture.
Very few people have redeeming values, or appear to have any redeeming values, or seem to really consider human life in general to be important and not disposable.
Maybe all of that was an illusion even back then, we have always been violent and killed each other in calculating and barbaric ways.
At least people aren't drawn in quartered anymore.
I mean, I am strictly talking about the United States. I am sure it still happens more than I know.
By the way, I would count Mr. Conductor, both Ringo Starr and George Carlin, on that list.