We can’t understand Mass Shooters and Terrorism because our everyday logic and the logic of science does not work when society changes and everything is in flux. All is impermanent says the Buddha and Quantum Mechanics. Our logic only works in a static field, like with a machine that doesn’t move like a dream. Waking logic does not work in a dream or in art, nor religion for that matter. A is A and cannot be B at the same time, says this logic emphatically. You can be god and man both at the same time, Two and One at the same time. Our logic won’t permit that. This is because we can only perceive form as this or that. The One alludes our perception. You can’t see the One from inside the One. All you see inside the One is the many, so you imagine the One, which must exist to give a context for reality. Otherwise date would just fly off with nothing to give it coherence and meaning. It is the whole or One or context that gives the many meaning.
What is the meaning of the Mass shooter then? We don’t know. Since the cause is not One—every shooting like cancer has a different cause—we can’t find the meaning because we can’t find the One through our logic of identity. So we become obsessed with analyzing the shooter hoping to find a single cause there like Freud. We are driven to do this because we know that the shootings are a symptom or effect and if we can find the cause and remove it, we also remove the effect. This is Buddhism, BTW.
The American Psyche or Collective is like a big brain, and we all have little brains, and they interact like a smart phone interacts with the big brain of the internet. They are mutually dependent; neither can exist without the other. Each writes the other, and is affected by the other.
Every Mass Shooting creates and ads to the existing grove in the record of the Big Brains Memory, so as the needle of time plays this record, the groves of mass shooting get bigger and closer together. All the little brains then dance to this music, both being terrified by it and some being attracted to it. Mass Shooting becomes the American Mass, a ritual of sacrifice of the innocents so the collective can come together in grief and anger….all the stages of grief.
We are mystified, uncertain, and lost by our inability to understand these Mass Shooting. Everyone offers up their First Cause, but none offer a theory that explains everything because if you know the cause you can remove the effects, and we can’t remove the effect because our logic cannot find the cause. One of the myths that is especially American is the myth of the Free Individual. Just Say No…to the habits of the mind. Just Say No to conditions and rise above poverty. Just Say No to race and prejudice. Just Say No…you are free. Choose…but if you don’t choose wisely, you are going to be punished. Without free will there is no sin. Even in the courts, if you had no choice, you get off or leniency. But if you were free to choose, well, you have to pay the piper.
Are the Mass Shooter operating under this paradigm of Free Will. Then the explanation is that they are just evil or determined by some Freudian complex. But this paradigm does nothing to remove the problem because it is not caused merely by individual alone, crazy individuals if. you will. You can’t predict when another individual is going to go crazy. Yet…we have a pattern here. Something new. Other societies don’t do this, so what’s wrong with us?
From the view of the Whole, as if you are looking at the whole ocean, all the waves are interconnected. No wave acts alone. Our logic just looks at the individual waves. We can’t see the whole ocean, for if we did we would see that we are all as American responsible for the Mass Shootings, and for that matter everything that happens in our society. No one is innocent.
But each individual says I’m Innocent. I didn’t have slaves. I didn’t shoot those people. I’m innocent. But I listen to and dance to the music of the American Record. The lyrics of the American Record sings “I’m innocent, someone else is guilty.”
But this is the fault of our logic. How can I be both guilty and innocent at the same time. Our logic says I’m either innocent or guilty, but not both at the same time. And you have to prove that I’m guilty, so there.
But from the View of the One, we are all innocent/guilty.