Fear, Anger, Hate, and Violence – Part II

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion


There was another school shooting yesterday.

In Santa Fe, Texas, a teenage boy with a shotgun and a revolver, guns he had taken from his dad, went to his school and killed ten people, his classmates, and others. He wounded ten more, including the police officer who attempted to confront him, now lying critically injured, in the hospital.

People are saying he was bullied by his classmates and coaches, offering that as an excuse.

Maybe he was.

He is also a wannabe Nazi, NRA supporting, Trump trumpeter; his online profile was filled with hateful propaganda. He coldly murdered ten people, and wounded ten more.

He is a white-boy, a mass murderer, and they took him alive.

Fear and anger, hate and violence, they found a place in this boy’s heart.

Maybe he was bullied, that does not explain his crimes.

I was bullied as a boy. Millions of kids are bullied, who do not become bullies themselves, or murderers.

The seeds of hate were planted in his heart, they were nurtured with fear and anger until they blossomed in a horrific act of violence.

Another common flower growing in our community garden, its bright petal grabbing our attention for a moment, before they drop, and recede like an ordinary weed, soon to be forgotten.

Emergence 3.0 – Section Three, Earth; Part Nineteen, Consciousness; Chapter Six, Family

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 139, Saturday
May 19th, 2018

Chapter Six: Family

It is no small thing to reprogram the animal brain, to take the essentially selfish organism and transform it into something new. The suspicious creatures, becomes altruistic, through experience, through the bonding of the senses, and by neural linguistic programming.

The first stage is complete when the individual person comes to see the family as an extension of the self; their well-being, their fate, tied to the fate and the well-being of others, both in this life and the next.

The brain is an evolving structure. It mutates, both over the course of the life of the individual, and it by procreation, from generation to generation.

Most of the mutations are not visible or even noticeably structural. They are packed into the dense tissues in the neural network of the brain.

With every new experience a new thread is spun, as thin as a sequence of proteins, and the organ of the brain is changed, at the same time the code inside the cells is rewritten, peptides and amino acid redraft the genetic sequence, and the inheritance that is passed on to succeeding generations grows.

The greatest periods of growth and change are infancy and childhood. When every sound and sight, every smell and touch, every taste is actively changing the nascent being, especially at this time when they are learning the language of its family and tribe.

The human being will begin to see the human being will begin to see the well-being of the family and tribe, of the other, as in alignment with their own, identical to it, without regard for the hurts, and minor competitions that ensued while growing together.

We will protect those closest to us with ferocity equal to our own drive for safety, because they have in reality become a part of who we are, our relationship to them, our memories of them have changed our genetic codes, and the physical structure of the brain.

Blood and family, they bind us.

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