The deranged father of an elementary school child in Newtown, Connecticut, went insane and killed up to 30 teachers, the principal, the school psychologist and many children. This is not an unusual event for our country, this is NORMAL. And the US blithely butchers children across the planet with our assassin drones while heavily armed assassins roam America unhindered by any rules, regulations, restrictions or laws except for our airports. The US is drowning in blood as we cover ourselves with blood overseas.
Newtown, Connecticut, is an idyllic, green, semi-rural outlier of NYC and especially, due to the transportation hubs, is connected to Wall Street. It is a quite expensive. And the people who send their children to school consider this a safe place to live. But the Devil that we fear is…ourselves and lives next door.
Here is a photo from Google maps showing the lovely winter landscape:
100 rounds were fired by the gunman, Adam Lanza. We still don’t know how he decided to play god. But then, we are a bloody society that loves dearly to play god across the planet. What ills we cause abroad, come home to roost. For we are what we fear. Bully boy gun talk litters our landscape. People love to feel they are great, big, nasty bullies.
This infests poor communities where young people gun down each other over the silliest things, it infests our richest communities and Fairfield, Connecticut IS one of the richest suburbs in all America! What can we do about this? If something becomes a deep cultural part of our very beings, as our movies glorify violent retribution actions with a superman flying through the air, using guns and other tools to dominate people via killing them or torturing them, we become that here at home.
IT becomes US. Entertainments are consumed and enter the minds and teaches us how to react to things. Being clueless about how things act on us, we react spontaneously as we are trained by our entertainment systems. If all our systems, all our politicians, all our games tell us to shoot and kill, this solution becomes the #1 solution.
Japan, for example, doesn’t have these armed mass killers running around but they have something equally nasty: Children’s depression and suicide a worsening problem ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
Here is an excerpt, presented by Shukan Asahi (Nov 27), from the suicide note left by an 11-year-old boy: “All I can think of is death. I realize that once you die it’s all over; still, if there is a next life I’d like to come back as an animal like [my pet dog], who doesn’t cause anyone any trouble and even when he does weird things, nobody pays any attention. I’m sorry I couldn’t be better than I was. Goodbye.”…
Ueki had treated “A-kun,” the 11-year-old suicide, and knew his family. Both his parents were lawyers, the very personifications of success. Dinner-table talk was of “winners” and “losers.” A-kun, listening quietly, knew what was expected of him.
Every day, I read of school children in Japan throwing themselves in front of trains, jumping off of roofs, etc. They live in great fear of the future with jobs vanishing and the horizon seemingly closing in on them. Entertainments in Japan are increasingly destructive just like in the US. This bizarre mirror image self-destruction alarms me for I love both the US and Japan! I am at a loss, how to stop the mental breakdown that afflicts both and then there is Israel.
This affects my family directly, too. We are also Jewish and it angers me no end to see the self-destructive actions there impacting us, here. We can’t run away from the moral directives in Palestine nor can we fix the fixation on blood and gore here at home when we celebrate it abroad. This is a very depressing Xmas if we are being treated to one mass murder attempt after another in quick succession. Time to wake up and change moral direction.
This doesn’t mean reasserting the vicious ‘moral’ regime of anti-women’s rights believers in various oddball gods. It means coming to grips with our own desires to control other humans via blunt force or ignoring mental health problems. And that means having nationalized insurance to help those who need mental healthcare, not cutting it even further! That is truly demented.
Fairfield, Connecticut’s people thought, protecting ONLY themselves by hiding from the overall problems was the solution. Obviously, it didn’t work and it never had the slightest chance of working. This is why I keep saying, the woes of one can become the woes of everyone and this is why we need working social systems.
Lastly, as a mother and grandmother, this news today broke my heart. And should cause any sane adult to feel likewise.
Update: it seems the killer was out to murder his entire family including his kindergarden teacher mom.
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