Typically when atrocities like this happen, I try to put on my media blinders. I put my fingers in my ears and cover my eyes. It sickens me. The action itself, of course. But also the saturation by the media and then the responses that run the gamut from well-meaning to nonsensical to crass and asinine to absurd.
Don't Pick at It
from wikiHow, " Scabs are not meant to be picked; however, most people don't know that they're not meant to be covered up either."
A couple of days ago, around a week after the Sandy Hook tragedy, a headline announced U.S. Shooting Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 100 It inevitably, no almost immediately becomes a gun control dialogue/monologue, which is valid and important, but very much a treating the symptom not the disease scenario, which is also valid and important...to a point.
The Absurdities of Gun Control
I am more conflicted by the gun control debate than most people I know and yet I'm not in my fantasy world. I am for a complete ban and destruction of all guns of all sorts. To the argument, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people": Very true and guns make people very efficient killers. And in regards to protection from things non-human, well we've done a pretty good job in hunting all the large predators to near extinction and as to aliens....
And yet the anarchist in me doesn't like that kind of authoritarian control. Back to my fantasy world where gun lobbies didn't exist, where a free market was free, where governments didn't exist because people realized they didn't need to, where peace made more sense than war.
Given those dichotomies I am all for gun control in this country. The Second Amendment argument doesn't hold up on many levels. And it disrespects the Constitution which was always meant to be a guide, a living and breathing concept to be changed as situations dictated. It is an amendment itself which means that change can and should be acknowledged and addressed.
So What Did I Say
When I did voice up publicly, in my own facebook sort of way, I wanted to add a little perspective to the Sandy Hook conversation
Jon Danniells shared a link.Friday
Interesting, a bit long-winded which is one the difficulties I have with his work, but always eye-opening and thought provoking. His is one of the books I'm currently listening to, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. "Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence."
We Are All Candide Now
"all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds"
We are living with better health and more prosperity with less conflict than ever in history.
Or are we? And who is we? The world is flat and yet we are more divided than ever. We "know" more than ever and in our knowing, are blind, deaf and dumb.
The information age has betrayed us. Obesity kills more people than starvation. We "know" how to stamp out many of the diseases that afflict the world. We "know" how to end poverty, hunger, and energy problems. We have so many solutions to so many problems and yet....
I Want to be a Cowboy, I want to be King
We talk about gun control. We blame the media. We are in shock and awe when violence occurs in the US. And yet we have a military beyond any that has ever existed both in cost and in dominance. We incarcerate more than any nation on the planet. Ironic for the "land of the free". We continue to manufacture of land mines while being opposed to their use. We are one of the only developed countries to still practice capital punishment. We are one of the only developed countries to not offer universal healthcare.
I usually pick at it
So against my better judgement I speak out.
I believe in conversation.
I am an optimist.
I am misanthrope.
I am in constant conflict.
I am alive.