“How could this happen?”
“Why did he do it?”
“What’s happening to us as a people?”
Those are among the questions buzzing around in the collective mind of the country. Why would James Holmes fire on a theatre full of innocent people? Well, he must have been insane. For someone to kill another human being there has to be some kind of mental imbalance doesn’t there?
I would submit, no.
Holmes may well be insane, I don’t know. But one does not necessarily need to be unable to discern reality from fantasy to commit murder. One only has to be a human being. That’s what we humans do. We kill each other.
Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe that some people need killing. I’m in favor of the death penalty, I believe it’s acceptable to take an attacker’s life in self-defense if necessary, and I think there is such a thing as ‘A just war.’
But I find the afore-mentioned questions somewhat hypocritical. Or at best, naïve.
Why is everyone so shocked at things like Columbine, or some guy killing his whole family then committing suicide, or the mass shooting in Colorado. Angry? Sure. Frustrated? Understandable. Even thoughts of vengeance or vigilantism are appropriate in this situation. But surprise? Shock? Amazement?
I think we need a re-orientation of our perspective on the human animal.
Ever since Cain slew Able, man has been victimizing, enslaving, raping, thieving, torturing, and murdering his brother with an assiduous ardor seen only in one species: Humans. Animals don’t victimize. All the killing in the animal world has nothing to do with jealousy, revenge, or hatred. With animals, it’s either appetite or defense. That’s it. Nothing more than survival.
Not so with us. We have something they don’t have. It’s called “sin.” A term we don’t use anymore because that word connotes the existence of an Arbitrator of what constitutes sin. A Higher Arbitrator. One who is above us. One that has the right to Judge us.
And that is unacceptable.
Just listen to a politician. He won’t say his opponent lied, he’ll say, “He wasn’t forthcoming.” He won’t say his opponent stole something, he’ll say he “Misappropriated” it. He won’t say another religion is wrong, he’ll only say it’s “Just not for me.”
Sex is irrelevant to whether a woman is a ‘Good girl’ or a ‘Bad girl.’ Women being bedded by a guy on the first date won’t so much as wrinkle an eyebrow anymore. Strip clubs and pornography are readily available 24/7 anywhere, anytime, 5th graders are taught proper condom use, and virtually any lifestyle no matter how decadent is not immoral, it’s simply, “alternate.”
So, a better question than why a young man would spray a group of moviegoers with a flurry of bullets may be . . . why not. If that’s what he wanted to do, what he saw as right for him, then who are we to say . . .
And don’t give me the, ‘Everybody knows it’s wrong’ line. There are a whole host of perversions and indulgences that ‘Everybody know is wrong’ yet they are enjoyed and encouraged with enthusiasm by many in this country.
Doesn’t everybody know pornography is wrong? Doesn’t everybody know that rap songs calling women vile names and celebrating the killing of police officers is wrong? Are we really confused about whether it’s right or wrong to rip a baby into pieces as she rests in her mother’s womb sucking her thumb and listening to her older sister tell her mother about her day at school?
We’ve all risen out of the muck of Neo-Darwinian Evolution, so who’s to say that what happened in Colorado was “wrong?” That would be only your opinion, wouldn’t it? Was Hitler wrong? Was Stalin wrong?
Is Planned Parenthood wrong?
It pains me to say this, but I have to be honest and use some harsh words, here: Get used to it, people. Thanks to almost all public learning institutions, this is the Brave New World we’ve created.
Within the vast and burned-in ignorance the public has of the Bible, there is one verse that is virtually just as burned-into the minds of all and can be quoted by all in an instant.
Go on the street and ask any random American about any verse in the Bible and you’ll get nothing but blank stares and silence. However, all those same people could rattle out Matthew 7:1 without hesitation.
Gone are the days when we could point a finger at someone and call their actions ‘Immoral.’ The best we can do is say, Well, that’s not what I prefer for me. I wouldn’t do that myself, but if he or she wants to, who am I to say it’s wrong.
If you are so intolerant as to hold to a moral standard, you will be scorned and berated for trying to force your morality onto others. “Oh yeah? Who’s morality, huh?” comes the harangue. “My morality or your morality?” You will be accused of attempting to hurl us back into the dark ages of myth and superstition, bringing God back into our otherwise enlightened world of free expression and self-governing empowerment.
And of course, we can’t allow that.
That would be immoral.