People wonder “How the hell could someone go shoot a bunch of kids?” Other than mental illness, I blame the public schools for teaching every kid that “Everyone’s a winner!” People grow up and find out that life isn’t fair, that not everyone wins, that they can’t “be anything they put their mind to” just by wishing it so and thinking good thoughts, and blame the schools that lied to them for 13 or 17 years. And all the schools that do that wouldn’t exist without adults demanding that they exist. It’s a mistake, and an incredibly widespread one.
I’ve also heard many ask “Why don’t people like this just kill themselves?” Again, other than mental illness, I blame the schools, for teaching kids to be narcissistic, seek instant gratification, and for “promising everyone a pony”, that is, lying to every child to say that the State will take care of them from the cradle to the grave.
People realize at some point that it is impossible for the State to take care of them, no matter how many laws it passes and no matter how much money it steals. It’s impossible for the State to protect them and to provide for them anywhere near as well as they could protect themselves and provide for themselves, and they feel cheated. Because by then they’re adult babies and it’s too late to easily start over. They’re brainwashed to believe in the god of the State, and have no skills for re-inventing themselves as an actual functioning adult.
I’m not even going to get into the discussion everyone’s having about gun control. Because even if it worked, it would be like putting a band-aid on a cancer. The cancer is the problem of people imitating the State. (ANY State, not just the U.S. – Witness the fact that the same day the kids were shot in Connecticut, someone went on a stabbing spree of kids in China, a country with some of the strictest gun control in the world. The guy used a kitchen knife, something impossible to regulate and still have a society be able to function.)
My entire life, the State has sent men to kill children in other countries. One of my earliest memory is news stories on TV about American soldiers in Vietnam killing kids. More recently, it’s been Bush and Obama dropping bombs from drones on to wedding parties killing everyone there just to get one man. Wedding parties contain children, anywhere in the world. And Obama actually targeted a 16-year old American kid who had done nothing more than been the son of someone Obama didn’t like. Seeing Obama cry on TV yesterday about the killing of children was the biggest hypocrisy I’ve seen on TV since I watched Nixon say “I am not a crook” when I was nine.
But I chose, and will always choose, not to imitate the State.
I can’t fathom why anyone would go shoot anyone, but I figured out early that I had to take care of myself while living an ethical life.
An adult believing in the State is like an adult believing in Santa Claus. Even of those who don’t consciously figure out that “somewhere, someone lied to me, over and over”, many of them simply live lives of quiet desperation, being vaguely disappointed that there’s no invisible loving parent to do everything for them. And a very few of those people go crazy, imitate the State, and hurt others.
I blame the State.