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Does The News Make Us Feel That Horrible Shootings Are Common?
Just another constant moon.
Just to begin by National Geographic: "It is estimated that Earth as a whole is struck by an average of more than a hundred lightning bolts every second. The odds of becoming a lightning victim in the U.S. in any one year is 1 in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000.Jun 24, 2005"
The shooting strikes a similar cord with just too many people. “The world is just in a terrible mess right now.” Let us gain some numerical perspective here. How many people on earth now days? Over 7 Billion. How many people just in the US these days? Over 318 million. You do the math. If there are around 300 thousand crazed murderous people on the earth or even in the USA what percentage of bad actors are there? Try 3 million is 1% of 300 million and take it from there. We have a number of bad actors in the world at under .001 %. If you ran that percentage of failures in your life you would surely be deemed a Saint. If a farmer had that percentage of his crop bad he would certainly be an amazing farmer. If a sports team had that percentage of losses they would be unbeatable. If there were that percentage of cancer victims we would surely call cancer cured. Can you even imagine a student or a surgeon having those numbers of right answers or successful surgeries?
Yet bad actions and actors claim about 80% of our news time. I would venture that bad people and happenings take up about 50% of our free chit chat time. That my friends is what is messed up. Why would intelligent people spend anytime contemplating or paying attention to something smaller than .001 % of activity? Oh sure we say that the world is all messed up when over 6.5 billion clearly lead their lives reasonably and in a very peaceful and productive manner. I would venture to say that most likely that really close to 7 billion have and experience love.
Makes you wonder what percentage of humans are involved in murder by gun including both the shooter and the shot.
Maybe all of us are a bit crazy.
What are the odds of these rocks being carved by nature?
The greatest good.
This makes us look at how we are so focused on gun violence when things like hunger, disease and accidents claim the lives of the majority of people – at least in several billion range. Most certainly it is not a notion of “we can’t do anything about hunger, disease and accidents but we can do something about gun violence.” It just cannot be that reason. That would absolutely make no sense at all. And then also we look at the huge numbers of people engaged in helping other people avoid suffering and we think of a figure of about a billion. Think of the billions of dollars spent on preventing horrible disease spread by mosquitos.
My friends it is abundantly clear that the numbers do not justify this constant hand wringing and anxiety over the infinitesimal amount of gun violence. Wow that is cold hearted you say. And then we jump to the notion that one life lost in such a way is reason for monumental angst. If that is truly your cause and you do not daily go out and help homeless people you are at least somewhat of a hypocrite. And certainly if you do not daily mentor young gang members who are most likely to be involved in shootings then you really do not stand for anything.
Isn’t that just brutal reality? I do not know exactly what to make of it. There are about 35 gun related deaths out of 100,000 black people in the USA each year. Interestingly; “About 189,910 new cancer cases were expected to be diagnosed among blacks in 2016.” And then look at how many blacks die of disease, malnutrition and gross dehydration in Africa each year of even month. And then consider the amount of money, resources and man hours used up by an organization claiming black lives matter and all they are doing is protesting the relatively tiny amount of black people dying of police shootings. If black lives truly mattered to them they would spend all that on saving millions of black lives in Africa. I know it is cold hearted again but it is totally rational and justified, especially by the notion of the most good for the most people. Do black lives only matter if they live in the USA? How possibly could the focus of saving black lives be in the USA? Mothers weep by the millions in Africa and only by the thousands in the USA.
So what are we to make of all this? If every single life really matters then aren’t we rightfully obligated to action where the most lives are saved by our energies? That just is clear as a bell. But we seem as a group to primarily focus on lives that immediately or at least most closely effect our own self well-being. Doesn’t that mean that we often only act to save lives when it is closely related to what we want? That saving would most obviously be for ourselves.
Trying to be a turtle in his shell is not the answer.
I would not bet on one in a million.
What must we do?
Good luck and best wishes to you in coming to conclusions on the above. Do any of us have answers? Could it be that if we were to focus on the two main causes of this issue we could have an impact and not just small talk and worry? Hate, self-centered actions and apathy are the villains in this travesty of man. Hate on the part of perpetrators. Self-seeking actions on all parties involved and apathy by the billions are what we are looking at. The most clear and convincing remedy for this malady of man is love. Slogans, protests, worrying and anger and news cycles will not save us from violent deeds.
My young son likes to save bugs that are stuck on a hot sidewalk. Maybe it makes no difference to bugs as a whole, but it saves one bug and that is worth the effort.