We live in dangerous times.
We live in a era where divisiveness rules. Our differences deliberately amplified, our similarities ignored. “We” cannot be like “them” – even when “we” are actually more like “them” than not. We are taught to hate those who don’t look/act/think as we do, and that hate is OK.
We live in an era of entitlement, where we have raised generations to think that it’s theirs for the taking, without having to putting in the effort to build it. And when they don’t get it, that their temper tantrums – however lethal – are justified, that it’s not their fault.
We live in an era where we’re not held accountable for our actions.
We live in an era where “civility” isn’t in our vocabulary.
And when someone raised without the filters and societal restrictions we were brought up with finally snaps and shoots up a shopping mall or workplace or school, we discover three things:
1) That the leaders who actively promote these divisions have also stripped us of any hope of defending ourselves against these attacks;
2) That the leaders who actively promote these divisions will blame the weapon rather than the perpetrator or the society that formed him; and
3) That the leaders who actively promote these divisions have no interest in actually solving the problems that create people who think killing is a good dispute resolution tactic.