mass murder, this time at a movie theater.
Other locations from the past include a college
campus, a military base, a high school, a shopping mall, a political
gathering, lottery center, post office, and many more. It appears
nowhere is safe anymore.
No doubt the gun regulation debate will have
people shouting at one another again, for no other result that to
further the divide between pros and cons. We really don't need that,
but the contest is automatic and predicatble which goes to
show how worthless this so-called debate really is.
What might better serve us is discovering why
people who are troubled express their frustrations by killing innocent
people, and often themselves. Where do they learn this, other than
a society that teaches nothing different?
The entertainment industry is filled with images
of violence that seem to glorify killing. Most of us recognize that
as fiction, but the message is still part of the milieu we live
in. Images leave their impressions. For people who feel angry and
powerless, and see no hope for themselves, senseless violence makes
a notable statement, punishing a perceived tranquility that they
feel themselves denied.
Beyond movies and television programs, we are
also subject to the coarse way that people now communicate in the
public realm, especially commentators on talk shows, who get paid
for viciously rousing public anger without the least remorse, rather
than speaking the truth and finding solutions. Commercial interests
encourage them to even lie with impunity. This is just another consequence
of the preponderance of greed.
What indicts us all is that we plainly know better.
Common sense tells us that treating people with respect, courtesy
and truth contributes to a productive social harmony where everyone
benefits. Senseless, perpetual conflict saps us of our strength
while feeding upon its own vitriol. It clouds our thoughts and controls
our values and our actions. We become slaves to irrational propaganda.
Unfortunately, we've lived with his invasion
of manufactured discontent for so long that we scarcely notice its
inroads, permutations and devastating pervasiveness. Most of us
become numb to it.
But not everyone. A sizable minority believe
the lies. The resulting anger, which others instilled in them, define
much of who they are and what they believe.
We need to see this for what it is in order to
make sure we are not products of such influence. The quest is a
cleansing process, through which we are prodded to think for ourselves.
Twelve were killed in this last, senseless shooting
spree. 58 people were wounded. There is no answer to that. No good
to be taken that would balance the suffering and loss and insult
to our way of life. The best we can do is learn to see the subtle
messages in our culture that convince people that violence is the
right response to inner pain. As advocates of Chivalry-Now,
we must learn that if we ever hope to save our broken culture from
the waiting abyss.