Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Getting To the Cause

In the wake of the recent massacre of over three dozen innocent people at Virginia Tech, there will be the usual calls for beefing up security at schools and other institutions as well as for more stringent gun laws. However, no amount of security nor the strictest gun law will solve the actual underlying problem. To do that, we must answer the question: what is the cause of such an action? What kind of hate or rage drives someone to go out and gun down a bunch of innocent fellow human beings?
I believe that all of us have a "breaking point", a "last straw", so to speak, that can send us over the edge. Very few people ever reach it and most of us never even get close. But at any given time, there may be a handful of people out there, somewhere, who have "had it up to here and can no longer cope". Some will say that such people need mental help. Maybe so, but most do not get the help they need. So they are out there, one spark away from an explosion. Who knows whether or not an action on my part or your part is that "last spark"? Maybe the person I tailgated and honked at for going too slow on the way to work this morning is that person, or maybe they will pass that frustration and inconsiderate action on to someone else, and so on down the line, until it reaches someone that is at that breaking point. That person then "goes berserk" and kills or injures one or more people, perhaps including themselves, or blows something up, or whatever. No amount of gun control will stop this. If one of the innocent victims had had a gun, he or she might have been able to injure or disarm the shooter before things got as far as they did. If not a gun, some other weapon will be used. Perhaps fewer people would be killed, but even one innocent life lost is too many. Security will not stop this; no one knows who will be the next person to "lose it". What will stop it? Perhaps if we all treated each other better, people would not be reaching that "breaking point". If we all treated each other the way we would like to be treated it might go a long way to preventing these kinds of tragedies. And unlike other options it wouldn't cost a penny.

So Sayeth The Shack

Sunday, April 15, 2007

In Defense Of Imus

OK it is not good to call anyone names, not matter what your race or nationality or their race or nationality.


As long as Black people can call other Black people nigger, ho, or whatever (see rap music, etc) then White people should not be punished for doing the same thing. Certainly Imus does not deserve the punishment he has received and certainly does not deserve to be fired.

As far as I'm concerned, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are just as much racists (in the opposite direction) as any white supremist Nazi skinhead!

Seems to me that some people, especially some Blacks, need to get a thicker skin.

So Sayeth The Shack

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

No More Boundaries!

Iran's recent reaction to the "trespassing" on its waters by some British sailors reminds me of some old mountain man (my apologies to Jeni) shooting at people that wander onto his property either by mistake or on purpose. This whole concept of "my land" or "my water" or "my property" must be done away with. This earth belongs to all of us. We are all the same, each and every one of us. There may be some minor variation in skin color, place of origin, what we believe in terms of religion, and whether or not we posess certain sexual organs. But basically we are all the same. We are all human. We all have certain basic needs and, I believe, certain basic rights. Instead of differentiating ourselves along national, religious or racial lines, and hating those who do not "belong", we should understand who much the same we are. We are all in the same boat, and that boat is called Earth. We need to start getting along, sharing our resources and loving each other rather than killing each other. The people in Iran are acting like a bunch of 3-year-olds who have not learned how to share.

So Sayeth The Shack