And those of us who have taken on the work of dreaming the New Earth into being; don’t we have a responsibility to add our voices to the chorus? Isn’t it true that we all take part in weaving the fabric of the collective? What is our contribution to the tapestry? Prayer? Meditation? Heart-centered intentions? Yes, and might we also add our voice?
It has been said that the number of laws a society makes is directly proportionate to its lack of life-sustaining values. A society that, by its nature, values life and kindness and generosity does not need so many laws. How many law libraries do we have in this country to hold all the laws we have made? Surely with all these thousands, maybe millions of laws we must be very law-full.
In the movie, K-Pax, when talking to the supposed crazy man about the planet he comes from, the doctor asks, “How do you know right from wrong on your planet if you don’t have any laws?” Kevin Spacey laughs and says, “Everybody knows right from wrong.” That’s true . . . we do.We are a culture that prides itself on being founded on “the rule of law”, and we disdain societies that appear to us to be “law-less”. What we are proud of is the fact that we cannot police ourselves; we cannot control ourselves; we are not capable of doing the right thing unless there is some threat of punishment for doing the wrong thing. Yet, while we are waiting for Jesus, we need sensible gun laws.
The problem of gun violence is as much about the prevailing culture in this country as it is about stupid and inadequate gun laws. We are raising children, who do not have a moral center; who do not respect the life-essence of other humans, animals, plants, rivers and oceans. We are raising children, who do not have healthy boundaries; who are so diverted and distracted that they do not learn the art of walking with respect upon the planet. It is remarkable that we don’t have more incidents like Columbine and Aurora.
The fact that the NRA and gun lobby could so effectively persuade the American public that their world-view is not insane is evidence of an all consuming loss of reason and balance in our social interaction. It is not about politics and it is not about constitutional rights. It is about reclaiming our brains from admen whose only love is power and money.
We need to quash without hesitation those who, by rote, repeat the talking points of the gun lobby. They have sold their brains to the merchants of death and sorely need our compassionate intervention.
Here is one place that is bringing back sanity: http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/