And --then there was this, The Shootings Are Not Senseless.... on entitlement....
Every time there is a mass shooting (which on average is every sixty four days) one of the key words we hear describing the tragedy is “senseless.” This would suggest the action was without meaning or purpose.
I hate to tell you this, but nothing could be further from the case.
The most recent attacker, Christopher Harper-Mercer, follows the strict pattern of highly-aggrieved men trapped in a cultural paradox from which they cannot escape. His and the other attacks like it, congruent down to sporting military-style clothing, are an attempt to call “society” to task for leaving them behind. To these men, who perceive they are not receiving the level of respect to which they feel deeply entitled, it’s nothing less than a revolution. When you read their posts online they discuss previous attackers like the Dylan Klebold of the Columbine massacre and James Holmes of the Aurora theater shooting and now Harper-Mercer as a martyr, a hero and most disturbingly, a “warrior” for the cause.
The mass shooting epidemic is, in actuality, best described as a nascent domestic terrorist movement which like many others uses mass-casualty suicide attacks as their primary weapon. We will continue to see it develop and organize if social conditions continue as they have, isolating growing numbers of volatile young from the benefits of our society. The shooters are the tip of the iceberg, once you start poking around online you find a massive bulk of rage under the surface.
We refuse to admit this glaringly obvious fact at our peril. Yes, their ideology is hateful and stupid. But like most uprisings it centers in legitimate grievance, metastasized into it’s own mass of lizard-brain hatreds. Young men don’t regularly kill large numbers of innocent members of their own society in a healthy culture, that is a simple fact.
Think I’m wrong about this? Look at Saudi Arabia, which spawned Al Queda. Unlike what many of my liberal brethren believe, the 9/11 attackers who took down the World Trade Center, attacked the Pentagon and crashed flight 93 into a field in Pennsylvania were not indigent Muslims fighting back against the economic oppression of the West. They were, in actuality, disaffected middle-class young men who found themselves increasingly incapable in their home country of meaningful attainment in the highly stratified power and wealth structure imposed by the House of Saud and supported by its global superpower partner the United States. These men were seduced into giving their lives to murder Americans by terrorist recruiters who prey on finding such personalities and providing their perceptually meaningless lives with a grand purpose.
I thinks it's worth the read, and worth pondering. The emphasis in bold is mine...
I suppose it could boggle the mind that young middle-class men could feel thrown off the boat... so to speak... but, if indeed, they are the canaries in the mine of income inequality in our shifting economic system --if indeed they are a growing and probable future response... if indeed they are the 'revolution' they think they are (egged on by the likes of their grown counter-parts in Republican leadership--including Sarah Palin and FOX News)...
--and, because those who also feel 'left behind' but do nothing, or turn a blind eye, or think they are too busy or too old, or have other things to do, or, or, or...
--well then... .
And, since agriculture is no longer an occupation for the common man but belongs to large corporations and major industry --and we are not really building things or maintaining our infrastructure... --and the occupations of generations before are just not there, but our education systems and society have not really caught up to the shifts and demands... what are our young people supposed to do?
Well... Jimmy Carter and the Pope think it is warmongering... and then we bring the veterans home and throw them off the boat, too... and we have done that for quite a while, resulting in an average of 22 veteran suicides DAILY. (I know, some refute that number and make it greater --some insist it is less --but it is horrific that more veterans commit suicide than are killed in action daily --it is just not right.) Why does our Nation not even care? Why do we not care?
Violence... on all sides....
With so much happening... so much written on the wall...
At prayer this morning (Oh Lordy... the Daily Office used 1928, King James, Coverdale and Tyndale translations... are you freakin' kidding me?)
So... we might as well read what they and the Prayer Book leave out... just so there is no offense:
(1 Corinthians 11:1-22)
Imitate me, then, just as I imitate Christ.There we are. The suitable way things should be --as God and Christ intended... Women, sit down, cover your head, and shut up! Men, you are in charge. And, while we're at it, let's all talk like they did 400 years ago...
I praise you because you always remember me and follow the teachings that I have handed on to you. But I want you to understand that Christ is supreme over every man, the husband is supreme over his wife, and God is supreme over Christ. So a man who prays or proclaims God's message in public worship with his head covered disgraces Christ.
And any woman who prays or proclaims God's message in public worship with nothing on her head disgraces her husband; there is no difference between her and a woman whose head has been shaved. If the woman does not cover her head, she might as well cut her hair. And since it is a shameful thing for a woman to shave her head or cut her hair, she should cover her head. A man has no need to cover his head, because he reflects the image and glory of God. But woman reflects the glory of man; for man was not created from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for woman's sake, but woman was created for man's sake. On account of the angels, then, a woman should have a covering over her head to show that she is under her husband's authority. In our life in the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman was made from man, in the same way man is born of woman; and it is God who brings everything into existence.
Judge for yourselves whether it is proper for a woman to pray to God in public worship with nothing on her head. Why, nature itself teaches you that long hair on a man is a disgrace, but on a woman it is a thing of beauty. Her long hair has been given her to serve as a covering. But if anyone wants to argue about it, all I have to say is that neither we nor the churches of God have any other custom in worship.
Adam lay i-bowndyn, Adam lay bound
bowndyn in a bond, bound in a bond
Fowre thowsand winter four thousand winter
thowt he not to long thought he not too long.
And al was for an appil, And all was for an apple,
an appil that he tok. An apple that he took.
As clerkes fyndyn wretyn As clerics find,
in here book. Written in their book.
Ne hadde the appil take ben, If the apple had never been taken
the appil taken ben, the apple taken been,
Ne hadde never our lady then never would have been our Lady
a ben hevene quen. the Queen of Heaven been
Ne had the apple taken been, if the apple had never been taken.
Ne had never our ladie, Then never would have been our Lady
Abeen heav'ne queen. been Heaven's Queen
Blyssid be the tyme Blessed be the time
that appil take was! that apple was taken
Therefore we mown syngyn therefore we sing
Deo gratias! Thanks be to God!
Wake up, church.
Wake up, margaret.
Wake up, people.
What in the world are we doing?
Mother of God, pray for us.