Pattern-finding monkey

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Pattern-finding monkey sees the same people around the neighborhood again and again; files their faces as ‘neighbors,’ not ‘government agents spying on me’ or ‘competitors’ or even explicitly ‘others.’ The conscious act of shedding habitual attachments (to each his own: envy, judgment, fear et al) not only benefits my self but my community. In each mass shooting –the firearm-crazy & well-heeled American version of the suicide bomber– we eventually see an individual so deeply disoriented by his attachments he ultimately compromises his humanity in an act of violence.

In a culture which can not identify the most violent among us the debate over the ready availability of firearms and masses of ammunition becomes a side issue. How has our ambient cultural violence (e.g., physical, economic, &c) become so loud it deafens our better nature?

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