I don’t know if its and American thing or a product of American politicians and press, but the country seems obsessed with finding simplistic “either-or” answers to the most dramatic human tragedies. That is a stupid and dangerous way to live. I am certain homo sapiens are capable of understanding that answers to these complex crises are of the “both-and” category. The shooting in Tucson happened because of the hyberbolic political rhetoric AND our public neglect of mental illness AND a complete lack of sensible gun control AND who knows what else. It is never a single cause; it is a constellation of circumstances or stimuli that make us what we are. Instead, when we have a social disaster, we have everyone pointing away from themselves or dismissing it as an anomaly or suggesting that god had a plan. That’s the ultimate excuse, isn’t it? God found these assassinations necessary for his big important Plan. All we can do is pray for understanding. No wonder nothing ever changes.
Renée Rothman, PhD
Dancer, writer, thinker, worker, and all that jazz
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