“As/If”

 ...we could all somehow agree, on anything 

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Diversity strengthens life forms through integration of resources to adversity solutions. All life experiences these benefits over time. Those that fail to adapt naturally fall to the way side as extinction overwhelms their ability to remain relevant.  

 

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 ...socially we as humans tend to cluster around marginally contentious points of preference for inner comfort and call it diversity. We’ve drifted so far apart from that common creature emerging from the plains of Africa oh so many millenniums ago. Because we’ve managed to thrive all across the planet, that identification of what we hold in common has been cast aside for what we know as culture. 

 

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recent events direct the focus of a segment of our species towards an emotional element of our consciousness. Murder, when occurring within one of our enclaves of cultural organizations, touches our species like few other things do. Death has Long been a struggle for our understanding, but intentional death of others within our species is especially disturbing to us. We don’t naturally acquire the capacity to murder, thus the incidences we are made acutely aware of, shake us to our social core. 

 

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the reality is over 72,000 people die each and every day on this planet, with an estimated 1,200 + being murders of some type. Those are the ones that don’t have to happen. These represent the decay of our species innate incapacity to kill each other. The occurrences of such behaviors should be disturbing enough to warrant sufficient attention to search for solutions rather than excuses. Firearms are human innovations and not naturally occurring. The distance they provide for direct physical contact in perpetrating the act of murder, only increases the likelihood of future growth of occurrences. Combined with the systematic desensitization via media and entertainment exposure to realistic recreations of such violence, we are numbing massive numbers of our species to this unnatural behavior. 

 

  #stop gun violence  

“Next/Time”

Outrage over yet another incident of people having their lives taken by another deranged individual with a gun in a public place. Sound familiar? This time non voting age citizens are expressing their concerns over the very latest occurrence, and the media is giving their all to emotionalizing the effort, even comparing it to the civil rights movement. The problem is that the situation exists because the actual voters, who show up for Election Day, continue to cast their votes for individuals they fail to hold accountable. Why aren’t gun laws an issue whenever we vote? Voters (those who bother) want to hear about views on abortion and gay marriage (important yet not nearly as disturbing) yet the gun violence issue is being ignored at the moment something can actually be done about it. The NRA would have you believe your freedoms are at risk without a stash of firearms to protect them. Conservatives insist these weapons are necessary to protect yourself and your family. If you believe them, then you should be fine with the regular mass murders that occur across the country. Chalk them up as collateral damage for your freedoms. If you disagree with that line of thinking, then every single vote you cast should reflect your concern. I’ve yet to ever find a solution to any problem in avoidance of the problem. Mental health issues are equal to the access issues for firearms, yet the ability to identify and diagnose their affects are far from a standardized practice. There’s no way to scrutinize a political candidate based upon their stance on mental health, but you can distinguish between those promoting gun rights, and the mythical support of freedoms. While these two issues identified in this message are far from the only issues facing our society, they do represent the opportunity to break away from the complacency of our citizens that continually recycles these problems, then wonders why nothing ever changes...

 

  #gun violence