Very early this morning James Holmes committed a murderous act.
He filled a movie theater with gas and began shooting those inside. There can be no reasonable explanation for such an act. There are no words that can console the loved ones of the victims.
We are about to embark on several weeks of exploring the question of what causes a person to do such a thing. Understandably so. We will search for his “True motivation”. But we will once again be disappointed.
In our search for motivation we set ourselves up to be let down. But being let down accompanies something far worse. We set the stage for those who wish to take advantage of such situations to foist more limitations to our freedom and liberty. We open ourselves up to this because we want someone to take care of us and keep us safe. Somebody other than ourselves.
I do not advocate turning away from the discussion… I simply recommend reason, rational and caution. These attributes become rare after situations like these as we have witnessed in the past.
It is imperative to remember, these events are not isolated to the U.S. They are not unusual world over. Danger is always present.
What separates the U.S. from the rest of the world is that we expect more from each other in terms of defending ourselves. We understand that in order to be free we must accept a certain level of danger. We must personally shoulder the largest responsibility for our safety as individuals, because nobody else can.
This statement may not be well received by most who have lost someone or been a victim of such an act. Even so, in their heartache and pain their lives are better because they are free. Our lives are better because we are free.
Nothing is new in this world. Take the time to imagine a nation where cameras are on every corner and the only people with firearms are those who we have reserved the power of force. These nations have existed in the past… do you remember what they look like? All were constructed and legitimized using the immediate need for “public safety”. All of their power over their citizens was finally solidified following tragic loss of life and a profound feeling of vulnerability blamed on some abstract enemy.
Those who crave power and wish to control us will never let a tragedy go to waste. These are the politicians who will attribute cause where there is none. They are the media folks who will attempt to blame ideas and when unable to provide evidence will fall silent knowing there will be no penalty. They are ever-present and cloak themselves in the best of intentions. Look for these people and… Be careful.
There is, however, an immediate action we should take. It is to surround those who need us and provide solace and comfort in every way. The next actions must be patience… and calm.
There is an enormous amount of information we yet do not know regarding this event… Every one of us must pay attention. We all have an individual responsibility to engage these persons and head-off or stop these acts. If there is something to learn we must learn it. We literally are the “first responders”. Always.
If there is a common lesson here, it is to be very careful not to abdicate your responsibility to a nameless faceless entity expecting them to take care of you. They can’t. While we love our police officers and firefighters, when the moment comes they can’t be everywhere all the time… and you don’t want them to be.
The only “true motivation” that matters should be your drive to remain free, seek truth and apply reason.
Put the beer down… it’s time for sobriety.