originally posted by: Willtell
Something deep and dark pervades the mental, psychological and spiritual soul of America.
Yes, it does. Reading the news yesterday morning was like a kick in the gut that still hasn't gone away. I feel for the family, the friends, the
first responders, the employees at the theater. Life will never be the same for any of them. I know. I pray for the victims and their loved ones.
I pray for all of us. But I know it's not enough. I pray for answers. But none come.
I've pondered many of the same thoughts as you. I'm just as sickened by the responses of the public as I am by the evil deed itself.
I don't have "the" answer. I believe it's a multi-faceted problem that runs deep, and that the solution will likewise be multi-fold. But I think our
biggest problem is us. To one degree or another, we are them.
What did these killers do that we don't do as a society every day? They decided to FORCE their will on others. They just left out the middle man...
the law. To be more specific, color of law. They don't wait for someone with an official title to sign a piece of paper saying it's okay to force
their will on others. They don't depend on the law enforcement officer to step in and force their will on others at the point of a gun. They just
did it themselves.
I can honestly say that I can think of absolutely NOTHING that I want to force anyone else to do. Force might be necessary to STOP someone from
harming others, but even then it should be a last resort. But I know that I am a minority. Why???
Every potential problem and solution I explore comes back to the violation of this fundamental principle: Free will.
Why do we have out of control thug cops? Because we want them. We make the laws that give cops the authority to use force -- up to and including
lethal force -- to make people do something. Just look at how many people will defend ANY AND ALL violence by law enforcement! Some folks talk about
suicide by cop... how about murder by cop?
How about mental illness? Our food, water, soil, food, medicines, and therefore our bodies, are assaulted with mental/emotional impairing chemicals
and compounds all day every day. Even the psychotropic medications given to help mental/emotional issues too often make these conditions worse! But
because it helps some, we want to ignore the harm it causes others. Even worse, those making big bucks on these substances are protected by (color
of) law, and those harmed are further victimized.
I could go on, but I'm sure you get my point.
I think we have to start with education, so I really like your idea about PSAs to encourage and promote higher values like love and compassion. I was
thinking along those lines as well. The air waves belong to us -- we the people -- and we have every right to demand they be used for OUR benefit.
But let's also require more citizenship classes in school, classes explaining the fundamentals of our organic law -- why we have inalienable rights
and that we MUST protect everyone's rights in order to protect our own rights. Let's require more life skill classes in school -- home economics like
cooking and sewing, financial courses like budgeting and saving and investing, health classes like first aid and nutrition. And vocational classes --
like metal and wood and auto shop, computer classes, etc. Desperate people take desperate measures. Empowering people to be responsible, productive
and self-sufficient will benefit us all.
I believe psychotropic drugs are both a problem and a solution. While I see potential there, we must break the regulatory capture of Big Pharma and
Big Med that puts profit before people. We must seriously reform our patent laws to, again, put people before profits, including major research into
nutritional (and other) causes/remedies.
Obviously, we must also do something about the gross pollution of our environment and ultimately our bodies.
We need major police reform, but also legislative, judicial, and penal reform. We need to get private industry out of the prison system. We need to
stop making laws and putting people in prison -- in violation of their natural inalienable right to liberty -- unless that person is a threat to the
life and limb of others. Jail is not the only possible recourse, and certainly not usually the best.
But, alas, none of this is possible until we change ourselves and stop thinking any good can come of forcing our will on others.