I had intended to write today about next week’s solstice. Overall, I believe that we have great power to create an enchanting world, and that there are universal energies that want us to do so, including the powerful inflection point for bringing in a new era on earth, which I see in next week’s solstice on December 21st.
Sometimes powerful energies for good are preceded by terrible tragedies, like the one we experienced today in America in the shooting of innocent children and teachers at an elementary school. On a bright sunny day, too many parents in a small quaint town in Connecticut experienced an end to their world. So many of us across America felt compassion for their pain and senseless suffering. I cried much of the day.
As Americans, we often live our lives in denial of how much civil violence prevails in our country. I live in a city in Illinois that has seen violence drastically decrease in the last decade. I have seen firsthand that peace can be expanded and nurtured. It takes time. Communities can choose peace over violence and work towards it, but I imagine the people of Newtown thought their city was peaceful and safe too.
If we look internationally, all developed countries are more peaceful than America. On her television show tonight, Rachel Maddox showed a map of the world that illustrated so clearly how much worse America is in terms of mass violence among our citizens than anywhere else in the world. Living so close to Chicago, I also know there is way too much violence apart from mass tragedies such as the one we witnessed today in Connecticut. Sadly, I would suspect that more children died in Chicago this year than in Connecticut and that is an ever bigger tragedy.
America is seeing one violent tragedy this year after another, and this one in Connecticut is the worst. It is unfathomable for most of us, especially parents, to imagine the shooting of 20 young innocent children. We know that anyone who would commit such a grisly act is mentally ill. Yet, how did this become possible?
We have to ask ourselves: why don’t we and our leaders (political and otherwise) insist upon more peace in our country? It’s as though peace is too much of a luxury, while low tax rates for the wealthy are the most important issue we are facing.
It’s increasingly obvious that we live in a country where violence is mourned as a tragedy, which we don’t seem to know how to stop. Unfortunately, even tough gun control laws wouldn’t have been enough in this particular case. Connecticut’s stronger gun laws didn’t stop Adam Lanza from using his mother’s legally obtained weapons. Still, most of us know that some amount of gun control would be a start in a more peaceful direction.
We can and must change our culture and society so that peace is the foundation of prosperity. If America can send a man to the moon and back, we can find a way to create more peace in our own country. If most other countries in the world can be more peaceful, so can we. I can think of no national goal that is more important than protecting our children and our families.
My prayer as we move into next week’s solstice and all the holy days of this time of year is that we take action for peace as much as we possibly can, so that this kind of tragedy and all tragic violence in America becomes completely unacceptable.
Every child in America and the world, deserves for life to be an enchanting adventure, and we collectively have the power to create a different future that is safer and full of more joy than sorrow for everyone.
- What Obama Must Do About Guns (newyorker.com)
- Connecticut school shooting, America’s latest act of domestic terrorism (deathandtaxesmag.com)
- Nine facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States (washingtonpost.com)
- Bloomberg to Obama: Offering Condolences ‘Is Not Enough’ (politicker.com)
- Taking Responsibility for Peace (calculatedwanderings.com)
- In inconsolable times … (cruciality.wordpress.com)
- Why Americans will continue to shoot each other (thedailyshift.com)