Dec 15 2012

Mass shooting – a natural reflection of society

Watching people react to the recent mass shooting is most intriguing. The things most people say are a concise reflection of how they deal with conflict themselves, and makes it very apparent how inadequate most people are at dealing with issues of a personal nature. Things I see: ban guns, more guns, bigger police state, less police state, less tv/video games, more religion, less anti-depressants, more love/kindness, sympathy, etc. Seems most people think societies problems can somehow be fixed, by just “doing” different.

None of these suggestions however address the question of WHY a fellow human “being” would do such a thing in the first place and WHY society continuously creates the context for them. Most people act with surprise when these kind of things happen as if they don’t understand how inner turmoil drives people to the brink of insanity.

There is a cognitive dissonance here, and inherent hypocrisy. All humans have some inner conflict, and the more they repress and ignore their own inner emotions of unease and don’t work through their personal issues, the more they reinforce that very strategy for everyone else. It is no wonder that monsters are created. These events are a wake-up call for people to examine their own emotional lives and are an impetus to change themselves. For the longer people hold back on their own personal emotional development the more they have a hand in creating these very kind of events.

    • Wendy Marie Myers

      I love this! Exactly my feelings as well regarding the shootings. It is all about repressed emotions and how our Western society promotes this; very dangerous for humanity and for our overall mental and physical health.

    • Martolt

      Interesting thought. However, if what you are saying is true, then it would mean that Americans in 1960 (our last “Mayberry” year, when violent crime across the board was less than half of what it is today, per capita) were much healthier emotionally than today’s population. Of course, that may well be true. But if so, having a unified culture, identity and belief system would seem to be the key to better behavior.