Spoken Word: “21 gunmen salute”

How can this piece on school shootings still be relevant more than a decade later?

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I wrote this piece sometime in 2014, and it breaks my heart that that I’m still reading new articles like Arie Kruglanski’s “Why do mass shooters kill? It’s about more than having a grievance”. How can a nation care so much more about an idea that they’re not allowing themselves to have nuanced discussions about, than about the lives and quality of life of their own children?

I’m not even talking about gun ownership, that’s a whole silly can of worms all by itself. What I’m talking about is a people that are clearly suffering, more than the rest of the western world, from frustration and dissatisfaction and alienation, along with merciless indentured servitude to the very institutions that claim to serve them.

I would argue that while significance is most certainly a part of what these shooters are after, it goes beyond significance: they’re looking for agency. A while back I listened to an incredibly insightful video connecting the dots on what’s wrong with America, and one of my takeaways is that an entire population being enslaved and oppressed by the very institutions that are supposed to be taking care of it is wiring up its individuals to self-destruct. If we study hard, and work hard, and still feel like life is futile while we struggle to make ends meet? Something’s got to give.

If I have one recommendation for every American, it’s to listen to BatmanDobbins’ three-hour education on why America (and the rest of the western world) is in such a mess.

It’s a starting point to a conversation that we all need to have.

Adam Fisher / fisher king (@therightstuff)

Software developer and writer of words, currently producing a graphic novel adaptation of Shakespeare's Sonnets! See http://therightstuff.bio.link for details.