No Day But Today
- Mar 25, 2010
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- Political Leaning
- Libertarian - Right
Add in a culture that glorifies consumerism and leaves behind those who don't earn enough. Add in a work culture that gives a fraction of the Western norm for family time. Add in the wealthy worlds worst income disparity. Add in a level of political division that is wider than in other wealthy nations, and more closely embraces the extreme views.There's plenty in here I agree with. But relevant to the bolded, here's the thing:
1) American culture in the modern day is predicated on entitlement. Accompanying that entitlement is too many people adopting the mantle of victim when they don't receive what they feel they deserve.
2) Bullying, much like guns has been a fixture in American life since its founding. Why do we have to address that now, and not guns?
3) Economic survival dictates that some families have to have two working parents. It cannot be avoided, not without major social programs in place to help single income families make ends meet.
4) The internet (and its accompanying devices) definitely foster a sense of isolation and lack of community. Not sure what can be done there beyond an individual commitment to reduce one's personal time online, and hope for enough people to do the same until we reach critical mass.
5) Demonization of others (women, minorities, LGBTQ, etc.) definitely exacerbates the fear and hatred in a culture already brimming with it.
6) I most definitely agree that in the last 10-15 years there's been an almost concerted effort to belittle intelligence, to mistrust scientific fact in favor of faith, and to sow contempt for education. I consider it a direct threat to national security.
So we have all these factors working against the fostering of an intelligent, compassionate, community minded populace that doesn't have so many men reaching for guns to murder when things aren't going the way they like. It's not my intention to try and draw you into a long conversation (unless that's what you want ), I'm just wondering out loud what, if anything, can be done about it or if we are past the point of no return.
So much would be solved if SCOTUS took its head out of its ass and instead of being paid off by the NRA they read the 2nd as it was intended... that gun owners are part of a well regulated militia and any body not participating in it lose their guns and be denied gun ownership.
I do not accept that guns are not the problem. I acknowledge that guns (specifically their ubiquity in America and the ease of accessibility) are most definitely part of a large, complex problem requiring more than one shot (pun intended) approaches.
What I also acknowledge is that in the current American climate of partisan rancor, demonization of the other, and toxic masculinity/individualism there is little that can be done that will have a meaningful impact. We need a collective paradigm shift and we as a collective are not ready to accept that need.
Indian rebellion of 1857......just one of many "without a shot fired" incidence's that eventually led to Indias independence.
Read your history.