Voices of the Collective

If only we changed this single aspect, then these types of tragedies would be reduced or elminated; it’s too much of that and not enough of this; it’s actually too little of that and too much of this.

In fact, it’s not so much either this or that but rather another singluar aspect that hasn’t been taken into account appropriately: mental health. Actually, saying this is only a way of scapegoating the real issue of gun control and is even harmful to the work to destigmatize mental health.

I think it’s the effect of these new and extremely life-like video games that are normalizing violence, even encouraging it. Actually, the research doesn’t support the connection between violence in video games as a predictor for the committment of violent acts.

It’s probably the constant coverage the news media provides that serves to amplify the perpetrator and allow for others to seek that kind of recongition, especially because of our culture’s emphasis on celebrities.

Whatever cause or combination of causes that resulted in the action does nothing to erase the actuality that it happened, and it hurts — it should hurt because it is a tragedy.

Often we become lost in muddled arguments and too quick to avoid genuine engagement in them. However, without the proper usage of argumentation and discourse within the public square, nothing has been processed nor any action taken toward the prevention. Consequently, we are just taken back to where we started; another repetition completed.

What was gained this time around?

A Solemn Reflection on Humanity

Consumption and greed are how many feed.

Although there are those whose desire for might supersedes their own foresight.

Blessed be the right, for they know of no sleep tonight.

Rest be assured all of whom refuse to be allured.

Led down into the depths of deception,

Eyes blurred by the grandeur produced from a sense of righteousness.

Lest our souls never forget this, that we are but singularities.

Let our minds never become clouded to the point where we view despair with unyielding eyes,

Where are convictions of morality overlook actuality and meet human necessity with no degree of decency.

Work within to not succumb to those darker urges of rage nor resign to a state of callous indifference.

For then, what is anything for, if we know no more of one another;

And, instead, have found sustenance from believing we are above all others?

A Partisan Ceasefire

“It is quite conceivable…that a man who…correctly foretold a disaster…should get pleasure from his suffering because he was right, because he knew it. It is curious how universal man’s will to be right is, to have been right.” – Theodor Haecker (June, 1940)

Whether you love, hate, or are indifferent toward Biden, or believe Trump would have done better in preventing this conflict from happening, neither of these political attitudes do anything to negate the reality of the international crisis that is now here. Instead, our internal political bickering about such matters only serves to fuel our domestic division and, in turn, strengthen Putin’s hand by weakening our unity and faith in democracy.  

Say what you will about the current state of our democracy, but the Ukrainian crisis should allow us, at least for a brief moment, to transcend partisanship.

We, the individual citizens of our nation, may not be able to take direct actions that serve to help or ameliorate the crisis abroad, but we certainly can, if merely out of respect for the ideals of democracy, put aside our internal quarreling with our neighbors’ different views of the future of our nation’s democracy and recognize and pay homage to those in Ukraine who no longer battle for their democracy with words, but actual, direct war on democracy that is being waged upon their lands.