Circling the Bowl

When we recognize how our culture has changed over just the past quarter of a century, it’s obvious that the “times they are a-changin,” and it hasn’t been for the good. We have problems in this country that are crying out for a solution.  We are “circling the bowl.” But we must first recognize we actually have a problem. I think this most recent school shooting in Florida should motivate us to give some thought as to why this happens.

Liberals of course (pursuant to their objective of becoming America’s nanny) focus on gun control as the cause of the problem of mass homicide. They claim that America is at the top of the list globally in number of this type of incident occurring. Obama said, “Let’s be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence (the Charleston, N.C. shootings) does not happen in other advanced countries.” Wrong. Dead wrong (pardon the pun).

In fact, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, statistics (death rate per million population from 2009-2015) show that America doesn’t even make the top ten list in mass shootings. We rank 12th. Such European nations as Macedonia, Switzerland, and Belgium top the list. Regardless, both liberal and conservative alike must know that gun control is only part of the discussion. While I personally don’t understand why anyone needs to own an AR-15, I do know that gun control isn’t the answer to prevention of this problem. From my experience, I know that even liberals agree with me. The ones who don’t suffer from liberal “mud-think” recognize this violence has exposed a very complicated problem in our society that can’t be solved by taking guns away from law-abiding citizens. No, there’s a bigger picture here to take into consideration, and when we do take a hard look at it, we recognize this is a complicated problem with a variety of causes.

Mass violence isn’t the only sign there is something wrong in our society. There are other indications. Just look at what has happened over the past 25 years. Having a child out of wedlock (nearly 50 %) is no longer taboo; single parent families are becoming the new norm (every single one of the mass murderers was from a single parent family); gay marriage is now the law of the land; a national drug problem, which also includes opioid  addiction, is growing; homicidal violence in our inner cities (Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, New Orleans in particular) continues unabated; parents and schools have seemingly given up on trying to instill values in our children. A general lack of respect for others is prevalent in our society as many of us in my generation can attest. Hollywood continues to produce violent movies, and video games have become so real from the “PacMan” days, they have become an even worse negative influence on impressionable minds. When we recognize how these signs point to times that are a changin’ for the worse, we shouldn’t be so surprised by the onset of these recent school shootings. We must recognize that something is very, very wrong in our culture today, and it just may have something to do with our changing values. As “Pogo” used to say:  “We have seen the enemy and it is us.”

Of course liberals, who like to think of themselves as “progressives,” have ignored the indications that we have actually regressed. Instead they have attempted to divert our attention away from recognizing the obvious damage done as our society pays more and more heed to the siren call of atheistic secular humanism and postmodernism, beliefs that are clearly connected with these morally regressive trends in our society. Surveys now indicate these belief systems have successfully pushed Christianity (and subsequently Christian values) aside and replaced our “outdated” Judeo-Christian moral code with relativism, the concept that our moral code should be flexible, not absolute. Ethics should be “derived from human need and interest as tested by experience (from the “Humanist Manifesto).” Liberals, of course, don’t concede that the signs of regression would seem to indicate this approach isn’t working.

I’m not smart or influential enough to come up with and implement a plan to reverse our regression as a society. I don’t think any human being can accomplish that objective.  Only God has that kind of power, and only God can reverse the path of regression the “progressives” want to guide us down. Liberals who are unbelievers of course scoff at the power of prayer, but, at least they are forced to logically conclude there is something basically wrong with human nature, and that these problems in our society are but symptoms of a fundamental cause they suspect just may have something to do with a decline in our morality. But, as one of their gurus, existentialist Albert Camus, once said when asked why he was an unbeliever: “I don’t aim so high.”

So then, I personally don’t believe that anything short of a nationwide religious revival will reverse the trend towards atheistic secularism, and, as Christians, we should pray for that to happen; but, until God wills for that to happen, our nation must prioritize the recognition and treatment of mental illness in our society, and citizens should understand they need to pull their heads out of their cell phones and become more involved in reporting people’s threatening behavior to the proper authorities; and our authorities must do their job effectively. To use Obama’s phrase, that’s what we really have to “reckon with.” And I think we can assume that even unbelievers can at least aim that high.

The first step is focusing long and hard on what the problem actually is, and I think we have begun to do that now. Once we have spent the necessary time to do that, we must all work together to formulate a policy that will successfully solve the problem. As Einstein once said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”







2 thoughts on “Circling the Bowl

  1. first four paragraphs . . . I’m in full agreement.

    But your ‘us vs them’ attitude towards a better world has been tried time and time again to no avail . . . it’s actually the same message the right wing Islamist’s are promoting except your side has a Jesus and their side has a Mohammad. . . .

    long diatribe short . . . nothing works until we break up the ‘us vs them’ syndrome and quit looking for resolution from outside ourselves and realize WE are the problem and WE will be the answer to that problem.

    You can have Jesus . . . Omar can have Mohammad . . . I can have my tree . . . we need only to change one word in one question: Am I my brothers keeper? . . . change the current NO to YES and begin to act like it . . . and there will be springtime on this earth and we shall not suffer war . . . no more.

  2. Thanks, James, I always appreciate your comments because they are well thought out, not just knee-jerk reactions to something I’ve opined that offends you. Whether we believe only God has the power to restore the human race or believe we can do this ourselves, the game plan must utilize a moral code that actually works for us. The Ten Commandments as stated in the Old Testament and written on our hearts in our conscience, and Christ’s boiling them down to just two in the gospels (love God and love your neighbor) is the most effective way to motivate people to behave themselves. Even those who don’t accept Christ as God revere him as a prophet and have no objection to his teachings on morality or his perfect witness to obedience of a law that works best. The love your neighbor part is what Muslims have a problem believing because the Koran doesn’t deal with the concept. As I explained in “The Cabana Chronicles, Book Two” and in “Islam and Christianity,” the word “love” is only mentioned a half dozen times in the Koran, and it is always refers to a “quid pro quo” connection with Allah.(He will love you such and such). In rejecting Christ, Jews have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Other religions (Hindu, etc.) teach doing good by loving others and they are more effective in communicating the only method that will work to achieve the objective of peace in this world; unfortunately, they lack teeth because they are not theologies. There is no moral governor and, for a system of morality to be most effective, we need a perfect witness (Christ) to show us the way, and we need a governor who has the power to punish us when we don’t get it right. That’s why I say that, whether you believe in Christ as our savior or not, believe that the doctrine is the most effective way to achieve the objective of peace in this life.

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