“Mass shootings,” Murphy acknowledged, “happen almost nowhere else but the United States.”
This is not because of tepid gun laws. It’s because the country funds — and benefits from — endless war and violence of all sorts. Occasionally the violence comes back to haunt us. (Robert Koehler)
I think this is close to being the right idea.
But I think the violence haunts us always - and we have few effective ways of dealing with it, resulting in “moral injury”, all the time, for all of us.
And being morally injured may in some way have prevented us from acting on any number of pressing issues which threaten us all.
This is why, in “The Age of Stupid” - the question:
‘Were we just stupid - or did we believe in some way that we were not worth saving’
Cheerleading as the jets fly over a sports stadium is the operative mainstream - and it is just plain wrong - dead wrong.
As Ted Roosevelt once said:
“Death is always and under all circumstance a tragedy, and if it is not, then life has become one.”
And that’s where we are - a living tragedy, offering nothing to returning soldiers who have seen with their own eyes the hypocrisy and contradictions.
And it stinks - to high heavens.