Way Beyond Politics (The power of concern)


If God forbid, someone who did not support effective gun reform was to have a loved one killed by gun violence, he or she would immediately become an ardent gun reform advocate. That’s human nature. Gone would be their politics, gone would be their over-intellectualizing. Pain and loss would become the sum of all they knew or cared about.
The reason these uniquely American tragedies come and go so quickly is that the victims remain unknown, and therefore the public never has a chance to become appropriately empathetic. The more we know about these kids and their families, the more real they become.
When the day comes that victims of mass shootings become so real that we recall their faces, so real that we can recite their loves and their never-to-be realized dreams, so real that we actually become physically pained and sickened by their deaths, America will finally rise up out of its terrible stupor and demand a great and noble change.

There is enormous power in a shared passion, but to be passionate is to feel personally invested.



One thought on “Way Beyond Politics (The power of concern)

  1. To assume that evil and suffering could be contained by political solutions is to completely misunderstand the nature of our problem. It could be historically argued that the greatest perpetrators of evil and suffering have been societies who became so convinced that politics would solve all of their problems — they let it.

    At best political solutions can only cosmetically address the symptoms of cultural dysfunction – because the real systemic issues are far more anthropological, psychological, and spiritual in their composition. So whether we make guns compulsory to own, or remove them altogether – it will never fix what is broken.

    We have long become a culture adrift, living in the perpetuated fictions of a disembodied sense of self, lost in the mercurial context of moral ambiguity and our self-possessed existential pronouncements. So polemics over plebiscites may make *feel* like we’re addressing things . . . but there is still a great deal of soul searching yet to do.

    We have too much in common with TS Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”.

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