In no other country do mass killings that are of the nature that are found here – void of motive save for some sort of ill-defined rage and ostracization, occur so regularly. America stands alone in its mass violence of insanity. Never mind where you fall on the gun or mental health debate, we are a sick nation, one that has replaced common sense with fear. Everywhere we look there is imagined terror and predation.
To assuage our unquenching thirst for safety at all costs, we have outsourced the normal functions of society – parenting and being neighborly to one another – to an army of supposed experts and a litany of laws made to protect against the one a million chances. The press reinforces our fears and parrots the talking points of the experts, as if somehow, they are the vanguards of society. The result is that our children do not grow up in an environment of common sense that fosters the ability to cope and overcome as they still do in many other countries, but rather they come of age in a pressure cooker where every little fear, fault and mistake leads to psychotropic drugs, lawsuits, criminal records or the psychiatrist’s office. They grow up with anxiety over human contact and yet, they have an inflated confidence that inevitably sacrifices respect for others, and ultimately for themselves. No wonder our society grows up crazy. Our fear has led us down a dark road of isolation and self – fulfilling prophecies. The weakest among us fall through the cracks and find solace in opiates, suicide and at its worst, a final and twisted cry of violence.
America has always been an eccentric nation and that has often been to our advantage. Like children, we dream big our whole lives and we know anything is possible because we do not know that we cannot achieve it. However today, we have forgotten how to be adults when it counts and how to raise adults who will know the difference. If we do not find a way to get a grip and find some sort of normalcy again, it will be our undoing.