I am not going to pretend to understand what happened in Aurora, Colorado. I’m not even going to wade into the political territory occupied by our 2nd amendment, the right to bear arms. That is a debate for other people to have.
What I am going to comment on is the loss of individual freedoms of each of those patrons in that movie theater, opening weekend, by one reckless individual.
The thought boggles my mind. And the question that keeps popping up over and over again is why.
Why have we gotten to a place in our society where whatever the reasons, whatever the justifications in that run through these individual ‘s minds lead them to believe that it is okay to go into a crowded theater and open fire on unsuspecting people? Or, in the case of Kip Kinkel, the killer who went into Thurston High School on an early morning and opened fire on classmates after having come from his home and killing his parents. How did this become okay?
There have been a string of shootings. I dare say it’s an epidemic, and something that needs to be addressed. As I stated in my first paragraph, I am not going to wade into the political territory or the psychological understandings, but rather the territory that says as a society, we have failed these men and women who find it necessary to act out their rage or perceived injustices on the rest of society rather than simply ask for help.
We need to start making it more accessible to people who need help. I get that therapists are often overworked, underpaid, and have a huge client load. And in some cases, the idea of prescribing all sorts of drugs to “fix” the problem is often their solution rather than delving into the hard stuff to find out that none of it really matters, and we are free to create our lives to be what we want it to be.
Yet, these young individuals who say, “Life is hard, my parents hate me, I can’t do this,” et cetera, don’t feel as though they have an option, anywhere to turn. Instead, they take their aggression out online through social media posts attacking those who might think they are weird, different, et cetera, or even worse, into video games, where they can kill without any remorse.
But life is not a video game. No matter how much we wish it were, no matter how cool we might think it is, it is simply not. There is no automatic respawning after the characters you’ve shot die. It simply doesn’t happen.
People’s lives are affected, in tragic ways, with consequences far beyond a “Game’s Over,” mentality. It boggles my mind to even think that this is what it is.
Are all video games evil? No. I am guilty of playing them myself. But I have never, ever wanted to take an assault rifle and harm someone. I’ve never felt I needed to.
It’s the same thought as if you immerse yourself in any indulgence…gambling, drinking, drugs, food, pornography or worse things. Experience life. Absolutely. But don’t make it your life. Don’t have every single thought you have be about your particular vice. MODERATE, MODERATE, MODERATE.
The same could be same about our political landscape. Too often, we swing from one extreme to the other. But ultimately, we need to balance the scales in our own lives, and make good solid judgments, sometimes thinking outside our sphere. But that’s a different topic, and one I really don’t want to jump into.
I wish there had been help for this young man who killed all those innocent people, and wounded so many more. I pray and hope the victims’ families find some sort of comfort in knowing that the nation grieves with them for their loss.
I’ll get off my soapbox now.
Posted on July 21, 2012, in Thoughts and tagged aurora colorado, balance, drugs, food, gambling, gaming, killer, Kip Kinkel, mental-health, moderate, politics, pornography, society, vices, video games. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.