Why does this keep happening? Why do you keep wondering?
Mass shootings, mass killings, coups (Turkey as I write), Paris, Belgium, Nice, Orlando, Florida, Minnesota, California, Oregon.
I find it difficult to know that many Americans do not understand this. What do you expect? Look at history.
We sit and watch television, and wonder about all those people “over there” walking around carrying assault weapons “in the open”, but what is America starting to look like.t
Why does the NRA keep flourishing? Why do politicians keep taking their money? That’s easy. Because too many of us, secretly down deep, want this to happen. “We” want to look and act like “them”. We want our little wars. We want our terroristic trends to be allowed to thrive. We may not be Kurds and Shi’ite or Muslims, but we are racially and religiously divided. We want to be them. Unfortunately, we also want it to be kept over there instead of here, although obviously there are now those who want it to be over here now.
American wars have mostly been fought “over there”: Germany, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Israel, Syria, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia. The only place in this world that we haven’t ever actively participated in a war is in Australia. We fought an war of Independence in the northeast. We fought the Civil War (an oxymoron) in our southern states over slavery. We killed off Native Americans all over the country for land; we fought the Mexicans in Texas for the same reasons. It is always over land, religious thought, race.
Well, the way I see it, after almost total destruction of some of those lands, maybe those folk are ready to come fight us for our land, against our religions, for total destruction of our cities and towns and “civilization”. Problem is, civilization is not something everyone wants. One can come down through history to realize that. Civilization is no fun – killing one another and stealing what they have is more fun.
While there may be different names – ISIS, Daesh, al Quaeda, republicans, dominionism, KKK, Inquisition, purifying the blood line, states rights – some among many, they all are for the same things. They want to kill, they want to get rid of anyone who isn’t just like themselves, they claim to want to defend themselves against “the others”, what they really want is to kill. Being polite and civilized and peaceful is boring – it is more thrilling to kill, kill, kill.
Don’t think this country is going to escape all that. They have escaped that for so many years that others are looking to us, including some of our own citizens, as a new place to raid, to shatter to ash and ruin, to spread wide destruction, and if a lot of people get maimed or killed – well, so what, collateral damage. Christians claim that they hope they are bringing around the rapture – hey, did you think the rapture was gong to be completely painless? Even the christ you believe in did not go out painlessly. But don’t kid yourself, he did not take all the evil with him. Evil is fast making its way over good for the simply act that evil is violent, and good is peaceful.
I am not one of those who love evil. I believe in love and compassion, and I am going to remain that way. But don’t kid yourself – if it comes down to defending myself and mine, I won’t hesitate. Death may be peaceful, but I want, and love, my life, and you won’t get it that easy.
Certainly there is a lot of contempt out there, from both sides against both sides. How pitiful is that statement, both sides, why must human beings divide themselves into sides. Did God/dess, or just plain male God, plan for this? Yes, s/he probably knew this was going to happen. I believe s/he had hope for humans, but I think he knew better.
You can sit in front of your TVs and gawp and say to yourself, “Goddammit, why does this keep happening?”, but don’t get too comfortable, you may find yourself in the middle of it all. No-one is safe from revolution. Keep letting assault weapons proliferate, and one day, one of those may be aimed at you. Or a bomb may fall in your city, town, burg, and blow it all to rubble. God knows we have ourselves turned “their” cities, towns, burgs to rubble. The north turned Atlanta to rubble. In the name of freedom for all. When is a gun-toting conservative going to turn Cleveland to rubble?
Oh yeah, maybe next week.
I am weeping for people all over the world. We/they are way too interested in destruction instead of building up.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX