Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Our hearts are broken over the SC tragedy. No words suffice to express our feelings of sadness for the victims and their families and everybody who are suffering from of the event. U.S. president on SC tragedy: "“...we as a country will have to reckon ... this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." The 'advanced' part almost sounds dissonant as we hear of more extremism all around, there is a tendency toward regression and "devolution" even as guns are made more freely available to carry with less strictures. If there is some kind of collective unconscious at work here, the divide of the future-moving people and backward-regressing, devolving people is getting wider. The concern is also not primarily about the "other" so-called advanced countries, but what's going on here in the U.S. But I do believe the president's concern is also about the NRA spreading global wings.

Gun related tragedy after tragedy happens but the insane right to bear arms (the early American patriarchs were referring to the right to bear muskets, not the advanced weapons of death available today) is touted highly, one of the top of the list of right wing values. Why?

The heinous act of murder in SC was nothing short of terrorism. It is high time people begin to understand the meaning of the word 'terrorism,' that it does not refer solely to Islamic extremist plots and actions. Extreme ideological entrenchment of the "true believer" is the infernal poison, especially when it entails the "us-against-them" mentality.

Do be wary that ideological extremism and violence go hand in hand.

May human beings evolve into awakened neosapiens, kind, intelligent, informed, peaceful, and fit for the future and all its hitherto unprecedented challenges.