In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth
In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.
Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
- So many TV programs, movies and videos trivialize human life — as if we are not created for some sacred purpose.
- Why should it matter that we shoot each other? No big deal, right?
- Somebody is being killed every day. So?
- Especially in Afghanistan. And your tax dollars paid for the bombs. But those lives aren’t sacred, are they?
- And those chickens don’t come home to roost, do they?
- And then we go to church, and pretend that we believe that it all means something.
- Does your life mean something — beyond food, clothing, shelter, and sex? Beyond having a bunch of stuff? Beyond having fun with your friends? Beyond impressing people, being impressed by people, or being liked? Does your life consist of doing work that you can’t wait to stop doing, looking forward to quitting time, the weekend, the vacation, your retirement? Is that your life?
- The people church-goers claim to follow saw human live as sacred and meaningful, beyond the basic animal needs and desires. What went wrong?
- Is your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society? Is it an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.
Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.
I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 9, 2017) is day 0054. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.