Why the School Murders are Increasing

I will suggest that for this question there is a true answer which is very simple, but also, extraordinarily inconvenient, and tragically, profoundly encompassing.

In the not distant past, nearly all human beings individually acquired, built, and maintained fairly specific and coherent structures of thoughts, which defined for each of us separately, the concepts of right, wrong, good, evil, preferred, and that which is to be avoided, including that which is to be avoided at all costs. There are faiths whose teachers proclaim otherwise, but if one studies their behavior — which is in direct opposition to many words coming out of their mouths — there is always that which is to be encouraged, and that which is to be avoided. We human beings are all very limited in how complex our inner ethical images can be, before we completely lose the ability to know ourselves, and we begin to lie to ourselves, fight ourselves within our own thinking, and generally become incoherent and destructive, either self-destructive or outwardly destructive or both. And in very recent times, there has been gravely growing disease of everything that feeds into inner ethical images in general.

There are many ways that this is playing out.

School murders are fueled, I will suggest, when people are given to build their ethical images using concepts which encourage the joy of mass murder. I will opine that delivery of death is essential to protect those that shall live; but I will equally opine, that encouragement of joy of that delivery, is, in fact, production of ethical images inside human beings who will desire that joy. I will suggest that there are many worthwhile human exemplars who do not curse appropriate deliverers of death; I will suggest that all of these, without exception, teach strongly against enjoying it. I think it is very clear how many engineers today, and many Christmas present purchasers too, and others, are working to drive up the joy of the delivery of death.

But, says the thoughtful reader, this is not enough. Despicable religious and antireligious leaders have been advocating joyful mass murder for thousands of years, successfully, to millions upon millions of people, and continue to do so today. Even many modern cooperative nations, whose leaders proclaim military action in the name of preserving and enacting peace, were in part founded by people who joyfully engaged in war, and did so very publicly for the primary sake of their own personal glory and joyful plunder. Why weren’t they and their friends burning down and blowing up schoolhouses? What, really, is the new thing perverting human beings’ inner ethical images, making them so profoundly terrible that they eagerly plot to blow up schoolhouses, and laugh in joy when they machine-gun children?

Another low-hanging target, is political correctness. It is lies called truth, and it is truth called lies. It is demands of respect for evil, and it is demands of disrespect for that which is good and right and true. When a human being accepts political correctness in building her or his inner ethical image, it becomes a monstrous thing, a many-headed dragon inside that constantly chews on and blows fire at itself. One can see all sorts of behavior, both self-destructive and externally destructive, which results. But this still does not address the original question, because school murders have never been common, in most places where profound and terrible political correctness have existed.

I know of only one recent addition to the mix, that fits: the size and pressure of today’s data dumping.

Today there is more contradictory data being thrown at peoples’ ethical development, most especially at children, than ever before in human history. Children and young adults are taught through untold numbers of sources, every day, that they must respect other people who promote the joy of murder, and the joy of the destruction of human families, and the joy of the defiance of all human ethics in general. And to pervert it all even further, many of the most prominent teachers add “follow your dreams, whatever they are; hold onto them for dear life!!!”

So in the interest of their own selves and their own opportunities, and for the love of people who love them, they accept the current political correctness as ethic. And the dragons grow, and grow more heads, each of which has dreams, to be followed; and the dragons grow so big, that their owners cannot begin to understand anything anymore. Therapists throw up their hands because it’s all chaos; their patients do not know anything good to want, so they are given drugs…and the therapists are on their own drugs, or different drugs, for the same reason. The drugs are anesthetic, that is, they mask the pain and the inner fire, they allow the drugged to imagine that the dragons don’t matter; but they do not put the fires out. And many heads of many of those dragons, grab hold of enough territory inside, that plans are made and terrible things are done.

Power-mad politicians, and their pet engineers, may one day use neural computing to drive much of the above, for enormously worse evil than has ever been seen on the face of the earth. But we need to remember, and learn how to seek the good, and avoid the evil, and help everyone we care about, to do the same, as long as we can, and as much as we can.

Jonathan E. Brickman

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