Mass Shooting Day — 0050

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.”

  • “The tyranny of the majority”
    • There is a group of people who have been working hard for the last 30 years, at least, to gain control of the government and the society. To me, the point is not whether these people call themselves “Evangelical Christians” or “Conservative Republicans” or “Corporate Oligarchs” or “Free-Market Neo-Liberals” or “Radical Islamists” or “Marxist-Leninists”.  The point is that they have no intention of respecting the constitutional foundations of our society.
      • I just recently watched “With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America” — a documentary which is much more about the “religious Right” than about the second President Bush. I found it quite informative.
      • The constitutional foundations of our society — however imperfect — have allowed a wide variety of people to live together in a jostling and discordant harmony, but in harmony nonetheless. The constitution has safeguards against the tyranny of the majority.
        • Roe v. Wade, for example, allows those who want the freedom to have abortions to live in peace with people such as myself (even if we should happen to be a majority), who hate abortion but think a governmental prohibition would be even worse.
        • The repeal of the amendment establishing Prohibition is another example of how well the constitution works. Prohibition was an extreme multi-faceted disaster, from which the society has never totally recovered — but the constitutional process allowed us to end the disaster without having another civil war. Hopefully, the profoundly hypocritical and stupid so-called “war on drugs” will also be ended, and without requiring a constitutional amendment.
        • Without a uniform set of moral values, it is impossible to legislate morality without tyranny — whether a tyranny of a determined minority or of an overbearing majority. (When people actually do have a uniform set of moral values, it is unnecessary to legislate morality.)
      • Can you force people to be good?
        • Any group of people who gain power and attempt to force people to be good will be establishing an oppressive dictatorship.
    • People are on edge, dealing with difficult situations. Often, no “right” or “good” option is available — only “less bad” options. The pressure to be good can actually lead to the worst possible outcome. Remember Prohibition. Remember all of those nasty and often fatal back-room abortions. And think about the epidemic of daily Mass Shootings.
      • We need to be helping each other, instead of trying to force people to be good.
  • 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 is day 0050. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0050.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0049

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.”

  • Compulsory schooling is an abomination, extreme oppression, and a form of terrorism. (Compulsory education is impossible; you cannot force people to learn.)
    • Young children can barely wait to go to school, and then, as soon as they get there, they cannot wait to leave. For almost all children, school is unpleasant. But they are forced to be there.
    • The mentality of our society — from ignoring the desperate and constant crying of our babies, to assuming that subjecting our children to a continuing unpleasantness for 12 or 13 years of their lives — is hateful of human beings.
    • Young children belong with their families. Children learn most of what they need to know about the world from their families, and they learn how to socialize with people of various ages and conditions by spending many hours of the days and weeks, months and years, with their families.
    • Young children NEED to play. Play is not only very pleasant — WHICH IS A GOOD THING — but it also fosters the physical, emotional, intellectual, and moral development of each individual child, and promotes bonding among groups of children. Children develop the skills of socialization with their age-mates by playing with them.
    • As children grow older, they become more and more able to do serious work. From household chores to study and learning, young people are ready and willing to do these things — in a loving, non-oppressive environment.
    • Once young people have passed through the transition of puberty, they are ready to join in the responsibilities of adult life — if they have not been traumatized by year after year of compulsory schooling. Wisely governed societies have rituals and ceremonies to acknowledge and celebrate this transition from childhood to adulthood.
    • We need to change our entire society, change our way of life — free the adult population from wage-slavery, debt-slavery, consumerism-slavery, passive-infantile-entertainment-slavery, insane-religion-slavery — in order to free our young (and not-so-young) people from the oppressive terrorism of compulsory schooling.
    • I thank God that I did not attend a regular high school in New York City. Being confined hour after hour, day after day, with traumatized, thugified post-puberty infantilized brutes would have destroyed me — OR I WOULD HAVE KILLED SOMEBODY.
    • Mass Shootings often occur at schools.
  • What is repentance? The ancient prophets — from Noah (as reported in the Qur’an) to Jonah to John the Baptist — called on the people to repent. What does that mean? It means changing your way of life.
    • This does not happen overnight. We may make our intention in a flash, and commit ourselves to the task of changing. But then we must formulate some plans. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
    • Once we commit ourselves to the process of change, we need to accept the fact that it will take many years — several generations, probably — to recover, to heal, from the damage that we have caused ourselves and from the damage that has been inflicted upon us.
    • Let us not be like those revolutionary fanatics — whether political or religious, of whatever ideology — who oppress, traumatize, and terrorize people into becoming whatever it is they think people ought to be.
  • Considering the abundance of oppressive institutions in our society, is it at all surprising that we are shooting and killing each other?
    • Unless we change, it is going to get worse.
  • 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 is day 0049. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0049.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0048

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.”

  • Years ago, I read (in the National Geographic or the Smithsonian magazine, I think) about an American woman who traveled in Tibet for six months. She spent that entire time with the women and children. She reported that not once did she hear a baby cry.
  • Here in our society, we are constantly hearing babies cry. We just assume that crying is what babies do. It’s like the weather, right? It rains sometimes.
  • The babies are telling us something. Are we listening? Babies do not cry for no reason.
  • What is repentance? The ancient prophets — from Noah (as reported in the Qur’an) to Jonah to John the Baptist — called on the people to repent. What does that mean? It means changing your way of life.
    • In our society, we do not treat pregnant women as precious. Trauma, or the mere lack of love, affects the physical and psychological condition of the child — starting in the womb.
    • In our society, we take babies away from their mothers almost as soon as they are born, and place them in “nurseries”. The loving bonding experience ESSENTIAL to human development and human society is ABORTED.
    • In our society, we treat breastfeeding as optional. It is not. (So much needs to be said about breastfeeding that I won’t even start here. What shouldn’t be necessary to say is that breastfeeding is not just a form of physical nourishment.)
    • In our society, we give newborn infants a room of their own.
      WHA-A-A-AT?!
      What the f*&!#k does an infant need with a room?
      All alone in a room, the baby is dying. Oh! That’s right! They die of being alone. It’s called SIDSSudden Infant Death Syndrome. I’ve never read of an infant suddenly dying when not alone. Even young children who can walk and talk should never, ever be left alone.
    • In our society, the sexual intimacy that we adults enjoy so much is regarded as a form of fun-and-play — and pregnancy and childbirth is half the time regarded as an unfortunate circumstance. This behavior and this attitude is sending a subliminal message to all of us about our worth as human beings. Babies are getting this message also, in so many ways. (I am still tormented by the memory of seeing a young, presumably married, couple sweethearting at a restaurant table, while their infant child crawls unattended at their feet on the sawdust-strewn floor. His place in life. Later, he will be crying for no apparent reason.)
    • Among many other things, repentance means that we change our society — re-order the way we do things, change what we do — so that our babies are properly cared for. Creatures — from ants to bears — that have survived and thrived for millions of years do a vastly better job of caring for their offspring than we Americans. We. Must. Change.
  • Is it at all surprising that we are shooting and killing each other?
    • Unless we change, it is going to get worse.
  • 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 is day 0048. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0048.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0047

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.”

  • The merciful and generous creator and absolute master of the entire vastness of the cosmos, and of every little detail in it, and of the vast higher reality, created you, me, and each and every one of the billions of people in this world — DELIBERATELY — and with knowledge and love.
    • Every human life is meaningful and precious.
  • The creator does not make mistakes, has never made a mistake, will never make a mistake.
    • Any book that says otherwise is wrong. The creator is perfect and has never done anything to regret.
    • Your creation was neither an accident nor a mistake.
    • Your imperfections and difficulties are challenges — not evidence that something is wrong with you.
    • The imperfections of other people are challenges both to them and to you. How will you respond? Your creator is watching. Did he make you the judge? Or, will you overlook the imperfections and mistakes of others — and be helpful when you can be helpful?
  • 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 is day 0047. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0047.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0046 (with Addendum)

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.

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.”

  • (Addendum) Today is the anniversary of the “Texas Tower Shooting” of August 1, 1966. The shooter was Charles Whitman. Read about the young man and his actions, and form your own conclusions — or speculate, without forming any concrete conclusion, as I do.
  • People are on edge.
    • A kind word — even a smile or friendly greeting — can make a difference.
    • Don’t push them.
    • Indifference is not helping, either.
  • 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? Do they hear YOUR voice? 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 is day 0046. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0046.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0046

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.

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.”

  • (Addendum) Today is the anniversary of the “Texas Tower Shooting” of August 1, 1966. The shooter was Charles Whitman. Read about the young man and his actions, and form your own conclusions — or speculate, without forming any concrete conclusion, as I do.
  • People are on edge.
    • A kind word — even a smile or friendly greeting — can make a difference.
    • Don’t push them.
    • Indifference is not helping, either.
  • 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? Do they hear YOUR voice? 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 is day 0046. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0046.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0045

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.

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.”

  • We are stranded between conformity and alienation.
    • The more we try to conform, the more we feel alienated.
    • You could stop trying to conform.
      • Other people did not create you, give you life and air to breathe. They are not your judge.
      • Be yourself. (And maybe, just maybe, other people will start conforming to you! But — not important if they don’t.)
  • We need to love and respect other people for being who they are.
  • 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? Do they hear YOUR voice? 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 is day 0045. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0045.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0044

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.

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.”

  • He said he could shoot somebody and not lose supporters. He got elected President.
    • Tens of millions of our fellow Americans accept him as their leader.
    • Watch your back.
    • More important, we need to be pro-active LEOs — promoting a society based on love of the merciful and gracious Creator and on love for each other.
  • 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? Do they hear YOUR voice? 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 is day 0044. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0044.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0043

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.

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.”

  • One woman, two men.
    • One man, my friend, is paying her cable bill.
    • The other man, I don’t know him, he fixes her furniture — expecting to be paid.
    • The woman doesn’t pay him. Supposedly, they have an agreement that she will pay him in installments.
    • He wants all of his money — NOW. His rent is due. Or, rather, his mother’s rent. Grown man living with his mother. She is about to be evicted. He needs the money immediately. He threatens the woman.
    • In a panic, the woman calls my friend. He goes to her defense.
    • One woman. Two men arguing over her. No sex involved (so I’m told).
    • I tell my friend — GET OUT! Leave this woman alone. She is a user. She’ll have you in financial straits. She’ll have the two of you fighting. What happens if a gun is available? GET OUT!
    • My friend hangs up on me. Will he follow my advice? Stay tuned.
  • So many Mass Shootings.
    • (Don’t get caught in the crossfire!)
  • 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? Do they hear YOUR voice? Do they even care about your problems?  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 is day 0043. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0043.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0042

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.

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.”

  • Most of conversation is listening.
    • If two people are talking, half of conversation is listening.
    • If three people are talking, two-thirds of conversation is listening.
    • If ten people are talking, nine-tenths of conversation is listening.
    • It’s not listening if you don’t HEAR.
  • People NEED to be heard.
    • Not being heard can be so frustrating that you want to SHOOT somebody.
  • 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? Do they hear YOUR voice? 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 is day 0042. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0042.

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