It’s not often that I can quote a liberal person and agree with him completely but this is one good example. It was written by Howard Kunstler in the aftermath of the recent shootings.
These sentiments go to the very heart of why gun violence happens at all.
His thoughts and words are so true, not just for America but for the world and particularly, the West in general.
“…In a nation afflicted by fads, crazes, manias, and rages, mass murder is the jackpot for nihilists – begging the question: why does this country produce so many of them?
Answer: this is exactly what you get in a culture where anything goes and nothing matters. Extract all the meaning and purpose from being here on earth, and erase as many boundaries as you can from custom and behaviour, and watch what happens, especially among young men trained on video slaughter games.
For many, there is no armature left to hang a life on, no communities, no fathers, no mentors, no initiations into personal responsibility, no daily organising principles, no instruction in useful trades, no productive activities, no opportunities for love and affection, and no way out.”