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22 December 2012
The Hidden Tragedy of the Newtown Massacre
I'm just one person but that Newtown school shooting really really got to me--the
most beautiful and precious among us, the ones we're supposed to
protect and nurture, gunned down, so senselessly and horribly.
Have you ever spent time with six or seven-year-old children? That's such a precious and wonderful age. Just having these children around us is such a blessing, and for their families to go through something like this--it's unimaginable for me.
Just one week out, I still cannot process very much about the event. I'm barely able to look at the pictures of those children and adults who were murdered. All I can do is offer a silent prayer for their soulsand for the families affected--and for the rest of us.
So how do we as a nation go on?
Why do we not stop everything we're doing and ask what's wrong?
How do we stop these all too common shootings from occurring again?
These questions are inevitable. The answers more problematic.
The left says we need more
top-down, Harvard-Soviet* style government control. Less freedom. Less
liberty. More Laws. Protect us from ourselves. We can no longer trust in freedom anymore--it's just too dangerous--as if gun laws will ever take guns out of the criminals' hands.
The Conservatives say we need more mental health
screening. Can you imagine that? I've heard statistics that as high as 95% of these mass shooters over the last twenty years are on psychiatric
medication for anti-anxiety, depression, attention-deficit disorder, etc., all taking drugs which have common side-effects such as suicide and violent behavior.**
And when we give these drugs to anyone under
the age of twenty-five, whose brains and nervous systems aren't fully developed, we're
literally playing Russian Roulette. It's all a grand experiment with no evidence that these drugs make any of our lives any better--there was a recent study in England concluding that people on placebos did as well as people on anti-depressants--the drugs may, however, help us fit in and function in a totally dysfunctional and twisted world--or the Procrustean bed of a school system for a young child or a rush-hour commute for the rest of us, but here we go, willingly damagingour brains, especially the young males among us who are far more likely to be medicated than
only do these drugs damage the brain, they damage the liver. In
Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver holds and releases anger and
repressed emotions, until it all explodes. What a toxic and lethal
Instead of just talking about gun control, whatever that means, I'd like to see the discussion also focus on some form of limitations on the prescription of psychiatric medication. Take an already fragile mind that has been beaten down and bullied by life and add a drug that creates dramatic changes in the brain and you'll very likely push them over the edge, especially when coupled with an entertainment and political culture that literally swim in fantastic violence every minute of every day. We've been at war for at least twenty years in my view, not just the hot war of the last decade or so. I would also count the sanctions against Iraq during the 90s, sanctions which killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children as part of an official government policy which advocated (and still advocates) the most severe and brutal violence and the complete disregard of children's lives by the way, but I digress.
We force vaccines, far more than in past years, many of which contain
neurotoxins,damaging the brains and nervous systems of infants, then the children
grow up, eating a diet filled with dangerous food additives (like
artifical sweetners, excitotoxins and High-Fructose Corn Syrup) and
nutritional deficiencies (especially of healthy fats) that
further affect brain fitness.
Additionally, we "protect" children from the sun, thereby limiting Vitamin D (another key brain health nutrient) even as more and more schools cut physical fitness programs (video games are not exercise), and we wonder why our children are suffering from all these relatively "new" ailments.
And is it any wonder that almost all of these shooters are male?
When you also realize that just being a boy is now a crime in most elementary schools, where you've got school psychiatrists selling bogus diagnoses like ADD or ADHD and depression in school-age children and punishing boys for being boys, you see the scope of the problem--and we're going in the opposite direction, getting farther and farther away from sanity.
I believe the male energy, the yang to refer back Chinese Medicine and philosophy, has been much maligned in our culture for a very long time, and what it means to be male among us is now a completely diseased and distorted entity.
Boys are raised with the belief quite simply that there's something wrong with them, reinforced at every level.
I lived through the ideas that were hatched in the 60s and 70s and implemented in the 90s, the halcyon days of so-called equal-opportunity initiatives, where if one were a male, they need not apply for many academic and government jobs. These policies destroyed lives. I was flat out told, candidly of course, by one member of a hiring committee that I could not and would not ever be hired because I was male. Seriously, what does one do with that information?
And today, there are very few areas of our culture where the expression of male energy is still acceptable or even welcome. Couple that with the destruction of the nuclear family and the middle class, and as a consequence, the inherent lack of healthy male role models in all classes, and you've got a generation or two of boys and men who are completely lost and thoroughly confused, but they do sense some veiled threat against them.
I just don't understand how to move the level of dialogue into a deeper more meaningful and useful direction, one that might offer solutions.
Certainly, nothing I've said can fully explain the Newtown tragedy as some events are truly beyond the scope of human comprehension, but these ideas need to be explored--brought up at PTA and school board meetings, not just in the useless halls of Congress.
And parents need to stop advocating responsibility for allowing so-called experts to pump their kids full of dangerous drugs mostly for convenience sake.
There are perhaps hundreds of causes for this type of violence, but the notions that just limiting guns, for example, or increasing mental health screening aren't going to get us anywhere. To understand how a human mind gets to that level of disease, perversion,dysfunction, and even pure evil if you will, is not an easy task, but we seem to be ignoring so many important aspects that desperately need to be explored.
*Writer/philospher Nassim Nicolas Taleb often uses the phrase "Harvard-Soviet" in his new book Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. He is usually describing top-down academic or governmental policies designed to protect us from something that create more problems than they solve.
** Researcher Gary Null has written at length about the connection of psychiatric medication to school shootings.The 95% estimate is his projection.