Collectively as a nation, the United States of America needs to bow its head in shame and anguish for all the violence that goes on and, in particular, as President Obama said about those nine tragic deaths in a Charleston, South Carolina church, “senseless murders.” Personally, I extend my most sincere sympathies to the families and friends of those murdered, to the Emanuel A.M.E. Church community and to all the residents of the City of Charleston.
What’s being whipped up, I fear, is more angst to pit one race against another, which only will cause more problems. What’s needed, I truly believe, is a genuine understanding that it’s not blacks against whites or vice versa. It’s ‘lost’ humans falling through society’s social infrastructure cracks that have not been addressed in truly equitable fashion for all involved. There are cumulative effects of long-standing social ills “papered over,” but not resolved, along with stereotyping that needs to be discussed openly, intelligently and dissolved.
Social services need to institute remedial programs that start at grammar school level and mandate the restructuring of all forms of entertainment away from violence, gore, greed and anything that glorifies dysfunctional behavior as an accepted norm.
Personally, I think there may be a total disregard for, and lack of, behavioral ownership on the part of society in general, which contributes to the dysfunctional USA we experience on a daily basis. That, probably, is the number one contributor to societal ills in the USA, I think. Nowhere is that exemplified more than with corporate crime, the behavior of the so-called-elites, banksters, and science, which has lost its way, in my opinion. Much of science today is based upon consensus opinion purchased by vested interests rather than actual facts. Additionally, many see justice as a word that applies only to those who have influence and seemingly can buy it. Others are led to commit harmful acts for varied reasons especially drugs, either hard street drugs or ‘legal’ prescription drugs, which are downplayed since they change an individual’s perception and ability to function within expected norms but are the ‘coin of the realm’, medically-speaking.
Advertising glorifies much of what looks like idiotic behavior. I could go on and on, but I think my readers get the overall picture. We have to stop blaming the other guy and look to ourselves to find the change we really want in society. For starters, we must stop physically-financially-morally supporting anything that promotes violence: TV shows, movies, computer games, magazines, etc. We need to re-introduce the daily family dinner meal where all family members gather at table to enjoy the love and companionship of being in a caring community called a family home. We have to put into practice a genuine kindness at every level of interaction with friends, classmates, strangers, and even animals. We have to respect life at all levels as the divine gift it truly is so that no one would even think of snuffing out another’s life for a jacket, car, disclosing the truth, or whatever reason could come to mind.
The societal norms in the USA have been programmed toward violence for far too long—that’s why we have what we have. Some want to blame it on guns. Guns do nothing by themselves. Guns have been around for ages. It’s what people do with guns that are the problems. No one is more into guns than the U.S. government! Furthermore, the military teaches our young folk how to use guns—and high tech powered guns, at that—very effectively, and then we wonder why those who served in military use them at home in the heat of anger. Some people have a hard time separating realities.
It’s about time the country as a whole, and we as individuals, grow up and act like responsible beings that are beyond inflicting harm and violence upon each other. That meme also must be practiced by our government—stop all the warmongering; by the corporate business world—bring back jobs to the USA, provide a living wage—people need to work and earn an honest day’s pay; by Wall Street, banksters and those in the financial world—stop pursuing Ponzi schemes, bailouts and let the working class live without putting us into poverty; by the police—please go back to being the friendly cop everyone knew and respected, and not militarized federal agents whom most fear.
If we want change, as President Obama promised in 2008, and especially for a less violent society, then everyone has to change for the better—from the top down—including the feds in Washington, DC.
Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.
Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.
Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)