How Many Ways Can You Tell the Same Truth?
Loneliness is a breeding ground for unhealthy thoughts.
Sometimes I just think and write. That terrible event in the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado is on my mind. I’ve stopped watching all the accounts on TV. Everything the news outlets can offer can be reported adequately in five or ten minutes. The rest of it is just people putting their face in the camera and restating the obvious or what has been said and already known.
Guns, Guns, Guns
I’ve read several accounts on the internet. What fascinates me is how people react to those tragedies.
I read the comments. Some are quite serious and thoughtful, even more so than the articles. Others use it as a platform to introduce their agenda.
I’ve never owned a gun and likely never will. The only time I’ve had a gun is when the government gave me one. I practiced not on silhouettes of Bambi or Thumper, but on men. A governments only use of a gun is to wield authority, kill people, or to offer a military burial.
I would like to see the day when there are no guns, but I see nothing wrong with a person possessing one. Accidents happen and they would not have happened if a gun was not present. Cars slip out of gear and role over children and children drown in backyard pools. I could be wrong, but their seems to be far less tragedies with a gun, but when something happens with a gun it seems to be exploited.
This begs the question who is the one who is eager to exploit gun ownership?
Come along with me a mental exercise. Let’s say a poll is taken. Question: Are you for or against gun ownership? That implies an answer one way or another, but what if you have the choice, ‘I don’t care.’ Most people fall into that category. Who are the others?
If I’m a crook and own a gun I don’t want other people to have one. If they have one we are than on equal footing. I’m a crook and I want the advantage. So do you think crooks are for or against gun control?
On the other hand if neither of us have a gun is it still as likely a crook will rob me? I think so, most robberies are committed without a weapon.
Anyway I think this whole gun control thing is just a ruse for something else. Essentially people seem to be in this constant struggle to make people think and feel the way you do. That is never going to happen. Take two men at a bar; I don’t care what the subject is, but each is trying to convince the other to come around to the other’s point of view. They could be talking about the beer and arguing with the intent of convincing the other to change.
Guns and Movies?
When tragedies occur there is a flood of individuals and groups who rush in with the answer; the reason it happened. Ever since first grade it has been observed that the first one to cast blame is usually the one that has something to hide.
As an example the movie industry is generally not in favor of private ownership of weapons. They are often the first to step forward and demand a ban on various sorts of weapons.
Those who favor the private ownership of weapons rush in and draw attention to the unrelenting violence on the screen.
Both are factors; very, very small factors in why there is a spike in violence.
No Human Contact
One thing overlooked; human contact. Nearly all the mass murder situations are committed by loners or those on the fringe of human contact.
We live in a world where everything can be done online with little or no human contact. Once one becomes computer savvy, the keyboard, screen, CPU, mouse, and an internet connection is all that is needed to conduct affairs of living. There was a time a person went to the gas company, the electric company, and telephone company to pay utility bills. You were forced to interact with a clerk or teller.
A visit to the bank was small talk with a teller and a smile and handshake from the president. While waiting in line in the lobby or on the way out it was possible to run into and acquaintance, neighbor, old schoolmate, or your insurance agent. Often there was a small conversation not interrupted by a cell phone. Now you wait in line at ATM and make certain the other person can’t see your PIN when it is your turn.
At the grocery the self-scanning lane can be used. Back in the day you waited in line and had pleasant conversations with those you waited with. The bag boy took your groceries to the car and you chatted a bit with him.
The gas station was a friendly place. Along with a fill-up the inflation of the tires was checked, the fluids checked, and the windshield cleaned. Sometimes nothing more than change was given and a ‘thank you,’ at times a longer conversation could be perused. Now you swipe your card and pump.
Life has changed. We see more people now than people did a hundred years ago, but interact with them less.
There will be a robotic barbershop someday soon. People ride around with their radios jacked up or talking on the cell phone. Either living in their own world or doing anything to avoid personal contact with the person on the other end of the phone.
Lessons are Never Learned – Presidents and Celebrities Can Not Heal
There is a simple Bible proverb that comes to mind, “One isolating himself will seek [his own] selfish longing; against all practical wisdom he will break forth.” (Proverbs 18:1) One isolating himself becomes less and less feeling toward others. He misses out on the advice, wit, wisdom, charm, and commonality of others. He turns inward because there is no place else to turn. Thoughts and imagination can run wild and unchecked by practical principles for the common good.
Violent movies may stimulate a pattern of thinking. Guns may be a way of fulfilling some notion or fantasy, but it is the lack of human empathy that can only be stimulated through human contact that can short circuit an impulse to do evil.
A profound reverence for life has to be a part of a person’s emotional portfolio.
Someone is always saying there are lessons learned. Is that really so. Lessons are never learned, otherwise things like what happened in Aurora would be on the decline. Such thinking makes us think that the solution is in more government control, more social programs, or better education. All these have thus been miserable failures. To think they have merit is naive at best.
What is missing in the lives of people alienated from the world they live in and have little contact is a sense of connection with something grater than themselves. We live in a world that teaches and promotes self and self-gratification. People need spirituality and purpose to their lives.
The word ‘healing’ or ‘heal’ is often applied to tragic situations. Once again it is believed that some sort of program or national attention is needed, such as the visit of a the President, movie star, sports star, or celebrity. They can do no more good than waving their hands over a broken arm and expect it to repair itself immediately. The only healing that is what occurs naturally.
For the most part it is a photo-op for the politician or celebrity. If not, come in quiet; don’t announce you are coming and leave your press people behind. Don’t make a speech. Quietly offer a prayer and condolences.
Christian and German
Crazy people do crazy things. Loneliness and isolation can drive a person crazy or keep them there.
There is a grim reminder in the Bible at 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 according to the New International Version (NIV) “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”
On the other hand the Bible encourages a proper outlet and interaction to stimulate what is good in us. 2 Timothy 2:22 states, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” The Bible’s clear admonition; we need people and upbuilding human contact.
We live in world that cast doubts on the Bible, God, and morality. Doubters point to the atrocities committed in the name of the Bible, God and morality. People who argue that are disingenuous. It’s like saying the Germans started two world wars, therefore all Germans are evil. In fact everything that has come our way by means of the Germans must be destroyed or thought of as wrong; goodbye Einstein, Nietzsche, Von Braun, Porsche, Luther, Gutenberg, Beethoven, Schweitzer, and Marx.
In spite of how one feels about religion or the Bible, we need people.
All the Lonely People, Where Do They All Come From?
The world is made of and promotes divisions, differences, and conflicts. One race or another, one country or another, one religion or another, one political ideology or another, one party or another, and so on until we get down to the individual and then it becomes us against the world.
That’s how Columbine, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma City, Oslo Norway, and Aurora, Colorado happened. That’s how Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Seung-Hui Cho, Timothy McVeigh, Anders Behring Breivik, and James Holmes happened. They cut themselves from the herd.
The answers are simple the implementation is humanly impossible, but one thing is certain, we don’t need another ATM or quick-scan check out.