It seems that scant weeks pass in this country without another mass shooting, or at least an attempted mass shooting is prevented, and the liberal media quickly jumps on the gun control bandwagon, making it seem that guns are the cause of these shootings. The media never actually addresses the root causes, nor asks why the number of such incidents is rising at this particular historical moment. Guns have always been available, after all. No, something else is happening here. There has been some sort of sea change in our culture that has made these types of crimes flourish. What could that be?
Here is an article by Dr. Joseph Frascino about the rise in numbers of mass shootings that have occured in recent years - particularly during the Obama era. Frascino rightly attributes it to cultural changes. According to Frascino:
"In the wake of the "New Left" movement of the 60s we have evolved from a nation of social commitment to nuclear family, community, and faith to one of self-immersion, anonymity, and unaccountability. Behavioral restraints once provided by strong civil institutions have been weakened. Shared value sets of the past have given way to personal gratification and self-indulgence. These changes are embraced by progressive elements which seek to destablize civilsociety in favor of statism and government dependency
And right he is; we have systematically dismantled the bonds of society in favor of the isolation of unrestricted behavior, of "no limits", what the Left thinks is freedom. Freedom to the Left is the right to act in any way one chooses within the guardrails of their power. Social services and law enforcement exist to provide those guardrails, and within that framework the individual is as a god unto himself, choosing what to be, how to live, etc. Want to be a girl today? Fine, dress up and you can use the girls' restrooms. Want to marry another man? Fine. Want to indulge your anger? Go on, play the knockout game, and we'll ignore it.
You can choose what to be but not what to think, or what to believe.
The liberal vision of freedom inevitably leads to isolation for the individual, who is trapped inside of a cold steel collective, a stranger in a large overbearing crowd.
See the Left does not offer freedom. The goal of the Progressives was and is the creation of gestalt, a society that works like a machine, with the individual parts (and those parts are viewed with contempt by the intelligentsia) having no freedom to think, to question, to develop as individuals. Instead, conformity to new social conventions is obligatory, and the individual is straitjacketed into this glittering plastic paradise. They are free to behave in whatever fashion they choose, be it indulging in whatever animalistic whim they wish, but they cannot indulge their higher, God given freedoms.
And so the animal nature is the only aspect the young can express. Animals kill other animals in a state of pure nature....
Dr. Frascino also points out that the new technology - immersion video games and the like - blur the lines between reality and fantasy, and he has a point there as well. The younger generation has a hard time dealing with reality because so few of them have ever really faced it. This was a common problem for the very rich in bygone times; a broken fingernail was a real crisis to an uber-rich heiress in the olden days. Now, because everyone is essentially filthy rich in America, the affluent problem has expanded to the general public. And affluence has always led to a certain amount of anomie, to a dulling of the spirit. Life to the rich is dull, because there is no sense of accomplishment. The video game society can be seen as virtual wealth, a chance to experience things you would never have the opportunity to experience otherwise. And like the very wealthy who often play so hard they kill themselves (how many from the Kennedy family have died in leisure activity?) so too the virtual world is dulling the ability of the young to experience reality. Too much of a good thing and you become numbed, needing ever more.
Why not seek the thrill of actual killing? The virtual kind grows pale after awhile.
And Progressives have been right there all along, teaching children that reality is plastic and mutable, that one person's reality is not the same as another person's and so we cannot speak with authority on any moral topic. Children have been forced to reinvent the wheel in matters of morality and interpersonal relationships, with their "teachers" refusing to impart past wisdom to light their way. Nonjudgementalism has made it appear there are no standards at all except purely arbitrary ones, and so the youths descend to the most basic of of core "programming" - they follow the instinctual impulses of their Limbic systems. "If it feels good do it" was a common saying in the '70's, and that was an appeal to embracing these primal urges. Is it any wonder that our children are 86'ing each-other? It may be an heinous act to society, but who are we to judge?
I do think Dr. Frascino misses one very important element here; the 24 hour news cycle, coupled with Facebook and other social media, has created a culture obsessed with fame and celebrity. So many of our youths today are desperate for attention, because they see a person's worth being intimately entwined with fame. Before the Left went to work on our culture a person's self worth was measured against how pleasing he or she was to God, how well he or she served their fellow citizens, how true they were to themselves, their families, and their God. How loyal to friends. Now it is all about fame and celebrity - and it does not matter why one is famous or celebrated (or, the flip side, notorious). In fact, the hip-hop culture has made notoriety even "cooler" than fame in many ways. How many young people dream of being gangsta rappers because it's "cool"?
So endless media reporting on every shooting leads others to copycat.
In 356 B.C. a Greek named Herostratus burned down the temple of Artemis in Ephesus solely for the fame it would bring him (and people remember his name to this day.) This at a time without television, without the internet, without radio, or even newspapers. Fame has a powerful allure.
And let us not forget the over-prescribing of drugs to our children. Too many young people have been on some sort of mind-altering medication for most of their lives; is it any wonder if some (like Adam Lanza) lose all touch with reality?
Sadly, the mass shootings represent a troubling falling away from reality by the American People themselves. The rise in such shootings is no coincidence in the era of Barack Obama.
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