“THERE aren’t any ready answers for how to end this cycle of bloodshed, these heart-rending images from Louisiana and Minnesota and Texas of a country in desperate trouble, with so much pain to soothe, rage to exorcise and injustice to confront.But we have choices about how we absorb what’s happened, about the rashness with which we point fingers. Making the right ones is crucial, and leaves us with real hope for figuring this out. Making the wrong ones puts that possibility ever further from reach.
So does a public debate that assigns us different tribes and warring interests, when almost all of us want the same thing: for the killing to cease and for every American to feel respected and safe.We have disagreements about how to get there, but they don’t warrant the inflammatory headlines that appeared on the front of The New York Post (“Civil War”) or at the top of The Drudge Report (“Black Lives Kill”). They needn’t become hardened battle lines.”
Source: Divided by Race, United by Pain – The New York Times
Here is a comment I support:
But I suggest sadly that we do have ready answers.
We simply lack the desire, or will, or capacity to employ them.
When I was in seminary in the 1960s I learned Epicurus’ argument against God, which I’ll paraphrase here to describe the condition of Americans. Epicurus argued:
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent. Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent. Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call Him God?”
Australia had a problem with gun violence and in 1996 dealt with it:
In the case of Americans in the context of Epicurus argument, we’re either able, and willing, and able and willing to deal with violence in our society, and racism, inequality, and gun violence, or we’re incapable, or unwilling, or incapable and unwilling.
Any combination of these calls into question our claim to be a world leader, a peer in the community of civilized societies, and a land that affords liberty, and justice, for all.
Unfortunately, while Conservatives in Australia in 1996 led the process of controlling gun violence, in the U.S. it’s furiously the opposite in our Republican Party, including, as Trump’s campaign indicates, in regard to racism, inequality, sexism, and other forms of repression.”