what goes around…

Back in 1999 I wrote this in my “paper” journal-
The one thought that went through my mind when I first heard about the Columbine killings was – “It won’t be the last time something like this happens”.
Happiness Is A Warm Gun (John Lennon)

Why do I doubt society in general is unwilling to accept responsibility? We are all to blame. No amount of touchy/feel-good/group-hug pop psychology as preached via today’s mass media will prevent it from happening again. We have to confront, deal with and correct it locally; parent-to-child, spouse-to-spouse, teacher-to-student, neighbor-to-neighbor, friend-to-stranger. So, how long until the next “incident”?


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to what goes around…

  1. We face two problems,it seems to me:
    1) In the competition for influence, media (including the Internet) exert such enormous power that I don’t think we as yet have a clue how to create enough counterbalance with interpersonal interaction to its effects. One thing we know about the kid is that he spent time in Nazi type chat rooms (and presumably surfing their web sites, etc.) – and that somehow he mixed that up into a sense of nationalistic/tribal fervor that he felt. Did his parents/guardian/teachers/friends/neighbors know? How would they without (literally) spying on/betraying the kid (at least under the cultural rules regulating our relationships)? One of the most dangerous things about this technological and media saturated age – it allows us way more solitary experience than we used to have – or, perhaps, need for our good mental health….
    2) In a polarized society where we speak AT one another more than To one another, what kinds of models of humane and reasonable interaction did this kid get?

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