Sandy Hook, Columbine, Aurora – Don’t Confuse Symptoms With Problems

December 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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I have intentionally refrained from commenting on the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, because I wanted to make sure that I don’t interject emotion into an important subject to understand. I’m not concerned with the minute details: when it started, how long it lasted, calibers, clothes, etc. I’m concerned with what makes someone do what he did. Was it personal or societal: is it a problem or a symptom?

 

So many will likely say “this man was sick,” or he was “obviously crazy,” etc.  It is emotionally soothing – not to mention quick, easy, and painless – to say someone who commits such acts is crazy, loony, nuts, unbalanced, etc.  But it’s not necessarily the case, and in fact often times is not the case. Was he depraved, yes: crazy, not necessarily. This is more an act – imho – of selfishness. Somehow, in his mind, other people hurting more than he himself made him feel better. Now, you probably think that is crazy in and of itself – but are you altogether different? Have you ever been happy to see someone else pulled over for speeding instead of you? Have you ever said; “yeah, TAX THE RICH,” or laughed when you saw an $80,000+ sports car side-swipe a concrete wall; as if that really affects you personally, makes your life better or easier, or puts more money in your pocket? Read more

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