Thursday, April 19, 2007
Saying it doesn't make it so!
This is a hard piece to write, because like so many others, I begin with an idea and today I have so many ideas that I have to ignore some. I feel compelled to write about the Virginia Tech Massacre and how it seems to what I see as a symptom of the social mental disease of intolerance that is a self fueling cycle that America creates it's problems with.
The day after the massacre, I visited Whatwouldbobbleheadedjesusdo and the blogmiester, Steve had posted a piece expressing his shock, outrage and attempt at finding some kind of answer.
I had read some other blogs, Historymike and a few others and it seems like the first people to have all the answers were the rabid christians, who all were ready to say it was a result of Americas acceptance of homosexuality, Abortion and its sinful ways. One actually said that this was gods punishment for our wickedness.
This makes no sense to me. I see the secular countries of Europe, where there has been a real effort to keep religion out of the daily life of the country, and there is of course the rare violent incident but nothing compared to the regular horrors committed by armed maniacs in America. The Virginia Tech Massacre happened a few days after the 4 year mark of the Columbine High School Massacre. In the last 20 years, there has been one incident like this in France and it occurred when a government employee walked into the Administration building in Nancy and took the Mayor and most of the Municipal Council before shooting himself a few years ago.
Why is America so different? I dared to say that it was not Americas tolerance of evil that was the problem, but its traditions of intolerance!
I'm not saying by a long shot that the perpetrators of the massacres that occur in America just needed understanding. It's deeper, America has a social culture that creates loners, people can feel totally cut off in the middle of a huge city. None of this is distinctly American, but when you look at the kids who committed the Columbine Massacre, you see two loners who came together and became more alone. There was an education system that tolerated their alienation without any support system and tolerated the deepening pit of their madness by allowing them to be totally ostracized by their peers. They created their own world of pain and hate and vengeance.
We are deadened by the violence we tolerate and demand for our entertainment. We are enured to violence by the sanitary reportage of the carnage of war. We scream for vengeance and blood at the drop of a hat. Our children play video games that are obsessed with killing and mayhem unthinkable a few years ago. There was even a christian video game that involved killing unbelievers on the streets of New York!
We have made it a lot easier to cut the bond with reality and slip into this murderous psychotic fugue. We live in a culture fueld by the language of hate, turn on CNN or any talk radio station and listen to the right wing maniacs spew hatred and violence against anyone who is ideologically apposed to them. Do I have to even name names? Children are taught to hate outsiders of all descriptions, immigrants, non believers, homosexuals...You might say that you don't mean to have them hate these people, but the effect of non stop propaganda on a young mind works differently that you might envision.
It is time to step back from the abyss and look at ourselves if introspection is an alternative any more. We say we are a tolerant nation. Saying it does not make it so.
I have already been told by Barb that my opinions are enabling homosexual mass murderers to start on a rampage....so you don't need to say it dear, I said it for you, try to say something that creates peace and understanding!