Friday, May 18, 2018

is there an answer?

     There have been more [school shootings] this week.  I've been out of school now for 30-something years.  While school wasn't a great time for me, and life was stressful with my parents' divorce, the thought of hurting others was not something I, or anyone else I knew, thought of.  Whether it has increased because of our indifference to violence with all the television shows, movies, and video games, I don't know of a simple answer.  There is an [interesting study] on the possible causes, but the only conclusion I drew from it was that single white males ages 14-32 can't be trusted. 

(heck, I could have told you that!)  

     The stress and fear of just going to school ... I can't imagine.  Schools now are building ["in-place" shelters] into classrooms, and practicing shooter drills.  I remember hearing about nuclear bomb drills in the 60's and participated in hurricane and tornado drills in the mid-to-late-70's in Florida.  As an adult in California, we practiced earthquake drills at work.  All of which did more to make me feel more fearful and stressed than it did to make me feel safe.  Years later when I moved back to Florida, I would prepare for hurricane season like a crazy person, each year updating my checklist from lessons learned the previous season.  Did it make me any safer?  No.  Did it add to my stress each season?  Yes.

     Is there an answer?  I don't know.  I wish I did.  I can only pray for this generation and the next several, that they find a softer, gentler way to live.  Maybe if we, as an older (wiser?) generation, did more to listen to those who are struggling?  Encourage, not discourage?  Lift up, instead of put down?  Bullying (at all ages) has always been around, but now it seems so much more perverse and invasive with the introduction of cyber-bullying.  The sad fact is that most bullies are created by being bullied in another area of their lives, or seeing others be bullied and getting away with it, or as a way to get what they want.  Imitation can be a form of flattery, but it can also be very destructive when what is modeled is negative, aggressive, or abusive behavior.

3 comments:

  1. My heart aches watching these scenes being repeated. And aches more knowing that the chances of another repeat are so large.
    I wish I knew what the answer was.

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  2. It has become an epidemic of sorts. In this last incident in Texas not only were there shooters but bombs were discovered planted in and around the school. I'll ask it again, "how does destroying innocent lives make YOUR world a better place?" I would really like to hear the answer to that one.

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  3. There are just no words. Answers are going to be complicated and slow to come.

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