Okay, so now I’m going to talk a little about the shootings. As is evident by the nature of this blog and the posts that lie within, I am on a quest to understand how we create these events. I believe every event unfolds in the macrocosm of society that exists in the microcosm of the self. To cast aside waxing too esoteric, each of us is a poster child of the society and the events that occur within.
I want to unravel the shooter in each of us. I want to turn over the rock to expose our shadow sides, to force us to stare at the hidden underlayment where the creepies and crawlies scurry from the light, at the risk of nauseating and repulsing ourselves. As far as I’m concerned, as long as we keep the archetype of the mass shooter alive in ourselves, we will see them manifest as these unbalanced individuals in our culture.
So what is it about ourselves that these shooters represent? What seems to be the thread that runs consistently throughout their collective psyches? From my understanding these shooters are commonly acting on their feelings of inadequacy and ostracization. The victims of the shootings are representative to the assailants of the people they blame for rendering them powerless and robbing them of their self-worth.
So can we with any honesty say we are nothing like these assailants because we have never fired shots into a crowd of people? Are the majority of us in this society exempt from the act of blame? Au contraire, my friends. We are a culture of blamers. We create an entire scaffolding of self-worth based on the imposed restrictions of our ideals placed on us by others.
Our bad day is the result of someone who was rude to us, who did not provide us with adequate service, whose actions doubled the amount of time it took us to accomplish a task. We jump in the pool of litigation in hopes of being richly rewarded from the result of someone else’s negligence, with the courts assisting us in assigning the blame. We would be so much farther in life if it weren’t for those myriad of circumstances that continually got in our way.
In fact, the art of eschewing personal accountability becomes well illustrated in discussions around the issue of mass shootings. 2nd Amendment advocates blame the lack of armament and the imposition of gun free zones for restricting citizens’ ability to stop these assailants with armed force. Gun control advocates blame the NRA lobbyists for buying any incentive for lawmakers to want to create greater restrictions on gun availability.
In a culture where our personal happiness is believed to be impeded by the actions of others, blame is king. Blame is the perfect panacea for the dull ache of self-examination and personal accountability. When this rampant aspect of our society runs loose to breed in our collective psyche, the most extreme ends of this spectrum will surface and manifest in the most horrific of ways. Whether we are blaming the slow guy in line at the coffee shop for making us late for work or we are blaming television and the media for widespread violence, it is still blame. It is still basically saying we are expecting everyone else to change their perspectives so we don’t have to change our own.