Another school shooting, this time very close to home. Do you know this is the 74th school shooting since Newtown? The problem goes much deeper than gun control and mental health. We have a culture of violence in our world, beginning with how we treat our land, our food supply, our animals and all the way up to how we treat the disabled, the marginalized, women, children and other nations. Violence of any kind breeds more violence and so why are we suprised when our sick, our angry, our disordered act out in ever escalating violence? We have taught them how to do so with our acceptance and approval of violence at every level.
Jane Goodall says, "You cannot get through a single day without having an effect on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
Please, look at the world with Christ-eyes, see its beauty, choose life over acquisition and material comfort, turn your cheek and turn it again, refuse mindless consumption, refuse ease at the expense of your neighbor, whether your neighbor be next door or in a third world country. Go listen to what Wendell Berry has to say about it. Create peace as much as you can, in every tiny little way, until Christ comes to redeem it all and make peace for us forever.
If your children were hungry, you would shoot the great white stag without a moment's hesitation, and you would be entirely correct to do so. And so would I shoot it, if I were starving...What am I saying to you? Perhaps it is only this: man does not look deeply at the world. He lives by habit and pleasure and impulse. He does not read the poetry in things. And so I say, if he must kill a creature, that is his right, but he should see its beauty before taking its life and understand its presence as language. Morover, he must understand that blindness to the miraculousness of existence makes it easier for him to pull a trigger and end a human life. Do I exaggerate? We both know the 170 million [dead in and after WWII] answers to this.
~Michael O'Brien, Island of the World