Well, I got the most initial views on this topic than any I’ve given before. Despair is on out minds this morning as we despair over America and our insane violence. Insane random violence creates terror and dread because we can’t make it fit out map of what violence is and how we contain it. Normal violence as a motive. Most violence is family violence, or robbery violence, or justified violence, but these mass shooting are something different. They don’t fit out map. We need a bigger boat to understand Jaws.
We are looking at what a Delivery System is, and we can understand a Nicotine Delivery system, a sugar delivery system, a drug delivery system, all of which are now institutionalized in our. society. An institutions is just a bottle that attempts to capture the lightening bug of profit so that it can reproduce itself and predict the future, control the future.
But when we look at our Media, a 24/7 media, both entertainment and news, it is a delivery system whose profit is Attention. Viewers is profit. Viewers are the fuel that runs the engine. What gets attention? Emotion, emotions that appeal to an trigger the reptilian brain of survival. Media also activates the higher brain of altruism and enlightenment, but what drives the news is the Reptilian Brain of fight or flight response. That gets a revised attention, and the media gets viewers. Each channel strives to be the Number One Delivery System. So they compete in new ways to delivery their product….
Now the media is not the cause of the mass shooters, or the Terrorists (one is outside and one is inside but they are the same effect). What we are looking at is that we have created an emotional delivery system that has never existed before and it is changing us in unexpected ways, as all new inventions do. We create the system and then the system creates us.
Media violence which media reports on as if it is a bystander, is an interrelation between the camera and the event, and viewers also feed into this growing field like batteries connecting to a electromagnetic field. Every act of media violence—which includes opinion wars on Facebook—feeds the field. And like a saturated cloud of electromagnetic force, it needs to ground itself and release the pressure. At some point there is going to be a lightening strike, and the cloud feels the better for it. So the Field of Violence always feels the better when there is a mass shooting because it has let off some of its negative steam Fields of energy are not moral. They are as impersonal as a thunder cloud. It will strike anything standing up.
So could it be that we are seeing Mass Shooting as lightening strikes from the negative field of frustrated energy built up by the division in our culture? Everything that happens in the Media Field is immediately divided into a pair of opposites. Division not unity is being delivered to us on a emotional platter.
And yet there is great creativity and love and empathy when there is a violent eruption. When the lightening strikes the innocent, everyone is a first responder with prayers of compassion and help. The Field restores balance. The mass shooting renders the social fabric, a wound bleeding all over the media streets, and immediately, and proportionally, love and compassion come pouring in to heal the would. Violence and love seem to dance together.
Why do violence and creativity go hand and hand? The. 60s was the most creative and violent decade in our history, unless you go back to the Civil War. So the 60s was a kind of civil war eruption where two earth plates splits and pull apart, rubbing and jerking with the release of tension. The One is split, it tries to hold (the conservative movement), but it can’t keep control, and violence erupts, and the opposite plate also tries to restore balance. The the One splits, neither of its halves can restore unity, because each tries to do by dominating or removing its mirror reflection. The Old and the New during this transition fight to the death, but since they are mutually dependent (being the One that has no second) they cannot resolve the painful disunity through conflict. Peace comes through understanding and reconciliation, not through blame and vengeance. The One is not restore by the dragon eating its own tail.
So what can we do? We have to disconnect from and stop supporting the Negative Energy Field that deliver pain under the guise of delivering pleasure. In Buddhism pleasure always comes with hidden pain. Pleasure/pain are a single unity, but culture separates them so that we seek one while we think we are avoiding the other. But they always come together on their delivery platter. Seeing the Delivery System is seeing the illusion that pleasure and pain are separate and that we can have a world filled with only pleasure.
As long as we remain ambiguous over violence, violence will remain. The NRA uses violence to arm itself; the victims of violence use violence to disarm the NRA. Again the dragon eating its own tail. Whatever gets polarized feeds the Dragon. Hopefully, we are coming to a Turning Point where there is a Shift in the consciousness of our species/society, where enough is enough, and SNAP…a shift happened, not incrementally, but all at once, like when a person decides to become a mass shooter. SNAP! When a person chooses death over life. There must be that same SNAP when a person chooses life over death. As a society we must choose life over death…and death is division and endless conflict of a divided collective.