For What It’s Worth…

With all the conversations going on about the recent tragedy in Tuscon, I feel compelled to  add my thoughts:

GUNS

The biggest problem with guns is that they exist, and in great numbers. There is literally nothing that can be done about it. I don’t care how many laws are passed, they will surely continue to be available to anyone who really wants one (or two, three, or a hundred!). It would be impossible to collect them all and even if you stopped manufacturing them here, they would come from somewhere else. And, it is equally impossible to regulate them. Again, there are too many illegitimate ways to obtain a gun and any laws or regulations would be easily circumvented by anyone who was sufficiently motivated  to get one.

So, guns exist and are not going to go away, and, by themselves, are totally harmless. What makes anything into a weapon is, of course, how it is used. Which brings me to the my next point…

PEOPLE

Again, they exist and will for the foreseeable future (although it’s debatable how long that may be) AND they are beyond control due to an infinite number of variable inherent characteristics. No matter how many laws, rules or regulations are enacted, some will obey and some won’t, no matter what kind of punishment is threatened. They are the most unpredictable and, therefore, dangerous component of the whole equation. This point has been indisputably proven throughout history and you don’t need a PHD to see the truth of it. Which, again, brings me to my next point:

TARGETS

So, now we have guns and people, and the obvious need for targets. I mean, no one owns a gun simply to show them off or “collect” them… they are for aiming and shooting and, certainly, the intention is that a bullet will strike some predetermined target. Whether or not the bullet actually hits the intended target is of little importance in the final analysis for once the trigger is pulled, anything or anyone can be the “receptor”… collateral damage is inherent in the act of shooting. Once the projectile is on its way, no amount of second-thinking or regret will alter its course… the deed is done and the results are final. Although there were many opportunities to avoid this outcome, the choice has been made and is irreversible. Unlike an insult, a slap or a punch, a gunshot usually causes permanent damage, if not death. Yet, it seems many are able to perform this act with as little thought as it would take to order a Happy Meal at McDonald’s…. WHY?

DESENTIZATION

From my personal observation, I think, as a society (mankind as a whole) has become completely disconnected at the individual level. The “how” and “why” of it would require a separate lengthy discourse and I’m not going to go into it, here. I will say that I think technology (cell phones, computers, violent games, etc), the decentralized, mobile family unit and ego-centric “me” thinking has all contributed to this phenomenon. “You, your feelings and your life mean nothing to me” seems to be the mantra of  today’s society. People become nothing more than disembodied avatars in a surrealistic computer game and can be unemotionally blown away if they seem to be preventing anyone from winning their “game”. Yes, this is a generalization, and, as such, is not 100% accurate but I think it describes the situation fairly well.

CONCLUSION

This may seem to some to be dark and dreary “doom and gloom” synopsis… and, well, it is. To me, this shooting in Tuscon (and the vitriolic rhetoric that preceded it) are all just symptoms of a dysfunctional society. The larger problem, I’m afraid, is much more pervasive and dangerous. We, as a species, are on the brink of extinction and we can no longer afford the luxury of irresponsibly promoting our individual, self-centered agendas. We desperately need to engage in a new conversation that overlooks nationality, politics, money, religion and any other belief system that generates polarization rather than co-operation. And, there is no time left to waste in initiating it… the Gaea-clock is winding down and the “human experiment” is precariously close to ending. Isn’t it time for a change? Will you be part of the problem or part of the solution?

I thank anyone who has taken the time and effort to read this post, and I apologize if I wasn’t clear enough or eloquent enough to get my point fully across. In spite of my short-comings, I think that anyone who has the openness and willingness to understand it will be able to see what I’ve tried to communicate. Hopefully, it makes a difference in your life, and, either way, I’d love you to leave a comment and/or pass this on to others. PEACE!

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4 thoughts on “For What It’s Worth…

  1. I agree with what you say and while I agree that “We, as a species, are on the brink of extinction” Instead of as you say “we can no longer afford the luxury of irresponsibly promoting our individual, self-centered agendas” as things get worse, people(the dangerous ones at the extreme of political perspectives) will just get further embroiled in their black & white determination of causes, further pushing us into chaos.

    • while you may be right that that will be the projected outcome, I nevertheless assert that we urgently need to change the conversation… Instead of focusing on how fucked up some people are, I think our energies are better served if they are aimed at HOW we can generate that conversation. Yes, there are those who will not participate and may even actively oppose such a thing, but it is still imperative to start having it!

  2. Selfishness is a two-sided coin. On the one hand, self-ishness is necessary for each of us to totally discover who and what we are and how much power we have to make real change in the world. After all, since we are, and everything else in the universe is, energy, every thought, word and intention affects everything and everyone. Therefore, we are constantly affecting everyone and everything in every moment of every day. Then there is the opposite side of the coin, where selfishness takes away from everyone and everything, instead of contributing to it in positive nurturing ways.

    We must have selfishness to develop self and then unselfishness to give to others, proving that this concept is a delicate balance, just like every other concept in our world. Change in the world comes when we intentionally change our self. Awareness of what is going on in the world isn’t necessarily a good thing, and from my own perspective, it can be damaging in many ways. Where our focus lies is where our energy goes. Not knowing about a tragic event keeps our focus from going to the negative side, thereby not perpetuating that negative energy. Yet we must still live with compassion.

    What we give to our self, we also give to the world, so we must be aware of what we are giving, thus the concept of selfishness being a two sided coin. It’s so simple, yet completely contradictory at times. Yet I believe that our own thoughts and ideas, when used for good and positive change, actually help to bring forth positive change into the world. Abraham Hicks tells us to turn off the evening news and I say to turn off the evening weather forecast and create the news and weather yourself for your own world. When you do this, truly amazing and miraculous events begin to unfold.

    • I agree, Ken, to a certain point. It all depends on which “self” we are using to inform our decisions. If we are coming from the ego-self, that part of the separated mind that is trapped in the illusion of this “dream” we call reality, then we can never feel satisfied or happy. If, on the other hand, we turn to our Higher Self, that part of us that is eternally connected to SOURCE (All That Is), then we will always act in a way that is the most beneficial to everyone concerned. I think it is an error to think in terms of good and bad… this is just a duality, ego-based trap to keep us from experiencing ourselves and others as the truly Perfect Beings we are. There are many people on this planet that are doing very harmful and hurtful things to others, and yet they believe they are doing “good and right” things for them. That sort of behavior is always based on a relative set of values and can be very different for each person, depending on their beliefs and “programming”. On the other side, SELFish behavior is ALWAYS in perfect alignment with all our best interests. And, you can’t find the answers on TV, the Internet or in a book… it is within each of us, waiting to be manifested. AAAAHHHH, the simplicity of it all……

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