I really had intended to post yesterday. Then I woke up and read the news.
I'm still kind of stalled. There are things I could say. I could rant and rail and shriek. I could wave my arms. I was silent yesterday. Pissed, but silent. Because as angry as I am, there is nothing I can do. There's not really anything any of us can do.
In no time at all, there were people screaming about outlawing guns. (And apparently, according to a famous woman, silencers because silencers kill more people somehow.) Yeah, that's worked so well in places where there is already anti-gun legislation. Anyone sufficiently motivated to slaughter other people really isn't going to give a rat's furry white ass about the legality of acquiring weapons. And if all guns were suddenly disappeared from the planet, they would build bombs out of common household items and slaughter people that way. Or knives. Or sticks and rocks. Their bare hands... You get the drift.
It's not a problem of weapons. It's a problem of basic philosophy.
And that's a problem that took decades to create, so it will take decades to fix. If there was actually any kind of impetus to fix the problem, that is. I don't honestly think there is.
I certainly don't know how to do it. I'm sure y'all don't know the answer either. We all live our lives to the best of our abilities. We've raised our children as well as we could. We live lives of obeying the laws, keeping our hands to ourselves, and valuing our fellow man - sometimes even when he's being a shithead. We're nice to strangers, or if we can't be nice, we're civil.
How to convey that kind of philosophy to the growing number of shitheads and whackadoodles escapes me.
The only other way to stop things like this from happening is to live in a total police state where everything we do and everything we say is watched, and everything is outlawed but the things the state deems 'safe'. I'm not willing to go there.
Actually, for the foreseeable future, I'm not willing to go anywhere. No cities. No crowds of people beyond what I encounter at Wallyworld - and even then, I'm constantly vigilant. No freeways. No airplanes. No parks. No monuments. If you want to see us, you'll have to come here because we sure as hell aren't going there. And if we want to see the sights, we have the internet. With some of the technology out there, we can walk around pretty much anyplace we'd like to see without leaving the comfort and safety of our home.
Yes, the writer has gone full hermit. See you around the interwebs - because the outside world has a profusion of bad philosophy and I want to live.
Stay safe out there, my friends. :hugs: