We are a mess and that is about the verifiable fact on the table. We might look elsewhere than programs and policies for answers to cleaning up our mess.
May God welcome the little hands and hearts taken from their parents by Adam and ease pain of sad people with the hard work shaking off our cosmic impieties.
It didn't take long after the dreadful massacre of 20 little ones and 7 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by a deranged gunman that the demands for "more" were issued: More "funding," more gun control, more programs, more services, more this and that. ChicagoNow fellow blogger Kyle Hillman laid it out here on Friday, even while the bodies still lay in the school's classrooms. No doubt Kyle reflects a majority view, as demonstrated by the echoing of the thought by various "experts" later trucked in on cable TV.
But there's a minority view that also deserves airing, one expressed by Hickey who is looking for causes beyond "programs" that address only the symptoms. In a thoughtful post that some readers on ChicagoNow will condemn he says:
Our cosmic impiety is the root cause of the monstrous events set in play by marginalized people like the twisted killer in Connecticut. We are a democratic republic who decided in 1971 to consider an unborn child mere tissue. If abortion can be as easily dismissed as a woman's 'health choice' and nothing more, what evil can we not not chalk up to legislated pre-packaged necessities like gun control, security monitors, cameras, or mandatory thought control training as levies to hold back the flood of insane acts and actors?
Be sure to follow Pat's link to "cosmic impiety." No, a "tea bagger" is not lurking at the other end; it's Lord Bertrand Russell, that esteemed atheist in his History of Western Philosophy. In it, Russell takes on that icon of the today's relativists, John Dewey. (If you have no inclination or enough patience to deal with philosophical thought, preferring instead simpleminded prattling, then you need to go elsewhere.)
Our society tears up and hugs after the slaughters of innocents in malls, theatres, college campuses and elementary schools, but there never seems to summon up the genuine will to examine the root causes of such monstrosities, because that would be the a necessary step in the right direction and a forthright challenge to pet projects and programs.
Adam of the Old Testament is denied by the disciples of Dewey, but Adam Lanza is as real as the guns and bullets he used to terminate the off-spring of parents who welcomed children into life, cherished and nurtured their every step, cry and giggle. Adam Lanza is as real as Dr. Kermit Gosnell of the Philadelphia ' infant charnel house' where he and nine of his Planned Parenthood co-workers ensured fetal demise.
Be sure to follow the link to "fetal demise." If you are not even partially appalled by what you find there as you were when you heard the news about the Sandy Hook slaughter, then you have lost your humanity.
If we're going to raise the issues of causes and solutions so soon after the slaughter, then it is only fair to give Hickey's viewpoint respectful consideration.