Mass Shooting Day — 0074

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

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.”

  • It’s not just the illegal drugs.
    • It’s not just the prescription drugs — the pain-killers, the psychiatric drugs, whatever the doctors give us to make us feel better.
    • It’s not just the over-the-counter pain-killers, antacids, and headache remedies.
    • It’s not just that we want to be entertained constantly — by everything that isn’t classified as “work” (which is to say, chasing money) —
      • Entertained by movies and television, by the Internet, by the latest apps on our smartphones
      • Entertained by a constant glut of music designed to make us feel good (much of it deliberately contrived to be addictive)
      • Entertained by anything and everything (to the extent possible) that we still read.
    • It’s not just that we want our food to be entertaining, even if it’s not nourishing.
      • We gladly eat fake food that’s imitation and artificial.
      • We are addicted to food that has too much salt.
      • We are addicted to food that has too much sugar.
      • We don’t find water entertaining enough, so we drink flavored sugar-water.
    • The problem is that, instead of facing, analyzing, and working to solve the problems in our lives and in our society, we work hard to kill the pain caused by unsolved problems.
      • As a result, the unsolved problems are getting worse.
      • And, in response to the worsening problems, we become even more addicted to killing the pains that are telling us — urgently — that we have problems that need to be solved.
      • This is the death-spiral of our society. The daily incidence of Mass Shootings is only one of the signs.
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them? Do they even realize than a sincere and intelligent reading of those books will help them to solve the problems of the society?
    • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue 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 29, 2017) is day 0074. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0074.

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