The problem with the “Everyone is guilty” assertion is that it renders invisible the many millions, perhaps even billions who do not identify with war, are not aggressive by nature, do not advocate for capital punishment and have no interest in guns or warfare.
It is dangerous and disingenuous to use a singular identifier as defining characteristic of (and for) the entire human race. It also appears to me to be an extension of Original Sin–the premise used to condemn the masses for many centuries. There was a reason why Matthew Fox was excommunicated for speaking instead about Original Blessing.
I deeply admire Father John Dear, but just as I critique others for speaking in the voice of the dominant male and HIS warrior ethos since it crowds out any alternative to itself; I must take issue with Father John Dear using this same frame.
We have been taught this framing, but it argues for the very thing it condemns by granting no witness–holy or otherwise–to the millions of peaceful persons who often are on the receiving end of violence, but hardly its authors! (And that includes Father John Dear.)
WE are not all violent!
WE are not all soldiers or killers.
WE are not all complicit in forms of violence that have become habitual due to the top-down patriarchal formation of society.
What is done by dominant forces within a patriarchal paradigm is hardly the word or intension of all. It is what is imposed… at gunpoint.
Here is one example (the other is full of them):
“Our desire to execute the young Boston Marathon murderer is a sign of a common addiction.”
The FED determined this outcome. The majority of Boston’s citizens are against the death penalty. Hence: the glaring flaw in making blanket condemnatory statements that press all persons into one (in this case) inaccurate category.