Yep. To be specific, I don’t rely on God or anybody else to step in and fix things up, and I’m too old (and my granddaughters too young) to risk being among the casualties. I see kids like the Parkland survivors, and those encouraging voter registration and doing what we can with the system we have as those doing the most to transform our society.So I wrote to my GOP state senator (and called his office) to be counted among those who expect him to be part of the majority who will vote 6 gun-sense bills out of committee today, and will give the final legislative approval soon. NJ has some of the tightest laws already, but there’s room to improve without stepping on anyone’s rights. And I live in one of the most rural and conservative corners of the state, but I will not just sit back and cede control to my gun-owning neighbors, or the mayor who wants to arm the guard at the school across the street. I will do what I can do, and understand that transformative thinking transforms the Universe.
I don’t read Chris Hedges, at all. I read Marcus Borg, who among other revelations has taught me there’s a spectrum of religious folk, from belief-based to transformation-based. You’ve just taught me that the same spectrum seems to apply to other thought systems, such as this discussion. You’re way on the belief end on this one: You know what’s going to happen, and you know it’s going to be awful, and all you think you can do is raise awareness. I prefer to contribute to the transformation and look forward to it in hope rather than dread. I prefer to be an agent of change, not its victim.
Now can we get back to talking about gun safety?