…s, to help others acquire and use the necessities of life, and to participate in society with them. In other words, the opposite of evil mass shootings isn’t the kind of atomized, lonely society we’re currently engaged in cultivating (at our own risk), but a society full of engagement, where we work to build programs, policies and cultural norms that promote life and quality of life. If mass murder is evil, then universal healthcare, for example, is really and truly good.
We have failed at human potential, not just human progress. Yes, Americans aren’t slaves anymore. But they are not really free — not in a sophisticated sense of the word: to live up to one’s inherent human potential. To give the best of themselves to one another. There is a nation of people just like her. Not homeless, perhaps — but just as suffocated. Not allowed, enabled, to be what they can and should be.