My heart, like those of so many others across the nation, was destroyed this past week by the horrific murders of twenty innocent, beautiful children and six adults who gave their lives trying to guard those innocents. Death comes for us all, eventually. But the pain of death created by the hand of uncontrolled evil has the deepest bitter sting and leaves the most savage scars.
In the wake of this latest brutality, I’ve read much on what we as a nation should do to further safeguard future innocent lives. Obviously, what we’re doing now is not effective. These types of massacres have become all too common, blasting across the news services every few weeks or even days. The difficulty seems to be in deciding what measures would truly be effective in saving those lives. I am always an advocate of using logic and wisdom to solve any problem. Which begs the question: have we used logic and wisdom to deal with this problem so far?
Just briefly, I’ll make the observation that these events have several factors in common. First is the known presence of mental illness on the part of the perpetrator. Second is the possible effects of psychotropic drugs used by the perpetrator. Third is the publicly endorsed pronouncement of ‘Weapons-Free Zones’. Fourth is a gray area where some evidence has arisen that the perpetrator’s mentality may have been under subversive influences.
While many are again screaming to control the guns, this makes no logical sense. Guns do not fire themselves, nor do guns commit murder. A gun is simply an inanimate object that CANNOT produce an action until controlled by a human. Just like any other weapon in the history of humankind, a gun is harmless until it’s in the hands of a human. It is the mentality of the human controlling that weapon that decides what it’s use shall be. A good human will use it for good, a careless human for folly, and an evil or defective human for evil. It really is that simple. In the face of these common factors, the only thing that does make sense is to control the mentality of the potential murderer.
So how do we do that? Well, that’s a question that remains open for debate. We’re living in a world where our healthcare system, including mental healthcare, is just plain broken. It doesn’t work. As a society, we’ve convinced ourselves that science is flawless and what it produces MUST be the answer to whatever ails us. So we see our doctors, voice our latest complaint, submit ourselves to analysis, and then put pure and innocent faith into whatever pill or treatment is prescribed. And somewhere along the way, we forget that science is just as prone to flaws as the humans that delve in it. Nearly 200,000 Americans per year are permanently injured or killed from modern medical treatments. We now have the highest rate of prescription psychotropic usage AND the highest rate of suicides in the world! Yet we continue to trust the system, assuming that the people running it must be wise. I’m sorry, but with those kind of statistics, I beg to differ on the point of wisdom. It seems a difficult concept for many that, no matter how extensive the education, wisdom may still be lacking. Wisdom cannot be taught. It must be learned by making mistakes and then seeking prudent ways to not repeat those same mistakes. As long as we continue to accept the mistakes of medical science and do little to force it to prudence, the system will remain broken. We must demand accountability on the part of the mental and health care society, as well as the pharmaceutical companies for every single time their bad science backfires. They have not earned our trust. STOP giving it to them! Only God and nature can create what is perfect. I myself am a naturopathic self-healer. I’m healthy, strong, clear-minded, and have courage enough to face whatever pain or grief life throws at me without need of a magical prescription or treatment. The nature of information sharing in today’s world gives us each the opportunity to become better informed and make educated choices for ourselves. There are better, safer, and more effective alternatives to being a prisoner of blind trust.
I’ve never seen the logic or wisdom in posting a public sign to declare a ‘Weapons-Free Zone’. The nasty truth is that such a sign is like leaving a bag of forbidden candy out in front of a disobedient child and then leaving the room unguarded! Those who would and do choose to ignore the rules WILL go after what they know is unprotected. Again, it’s that simple. If you don’t believe me, try posting a ‘Weapons-Free Zone’ sign in front of your home sometime. Not that I’d wish anyone harm by doing so. But it might serve to increase your personal insight.
Finally, as I’ve told you before, there are factions in our world that wish all of us harm. They are evil personified, plain and simple. We are but playthings; and our lives, including the lives of our children, mean naught to them. We must remain aware, vigilant, and willing to battle against them and their influence. It is indeed a sad state in which to exist. But it is what it is.
Each day, I pray that this will be the day that sees our salvation. Yet I realize that this can only come to pass with God’s guidance and when we throw aside our selfish ways to start living for other lives besides our own. Until then, however, evil will continue to bring us all to bitter pain.
Dear Lord, bless the blind who cannot see. Amen.
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