Great piece in many ways.
However, it’s more than time for privileged Americans to examine the history that allows us to nod along with Ms. Millay when she writes that “childhood is a kingdom where nobody dies.”
Whose childhood? Many children have never lived in that kingdom. Many childrens’ lives are touched with death: death resulting from war, famine, disease, and violence within families.
It is past time for privileged moderns to grok that the fantasy of human life untouched by death is a big part of our insanity. Trying to live outside the Law leads us into endless, senseless violence.
Yeah, gun control would likely reduce the number of deaths of American kids in school shootings, and who wouldn’t say “yes!” to that? But what will it do to reduce the number of poor children killed in ghettos and decimated rural communities here? What will it do to reduce the deaths of children in Syria, Yemen, Gaza? What will it do to reduce the number of Native children sold into sexual slavery and killed there?
Perhaps we will not end the plague of school shootings here until we are willing to care just as much about all those kids as we do about the ones we readily identify as “ours.” Until we are willing to act like their blood is on our hands (‘cuz it so obviously is), perhaps “our” children will continue to die to keep that Truth in front of our cowardly, selfish faces…