The essence of New Horizons’ Possible Human, PossibleSociety Study is all about that theme; visioning the best possible of you and me, co-creating the best possible society within which for us to all live and grow.
So here “it” is. And, here we are and I am.
So what have we got?
Children, barely older than babies, lying dead in Newtown, movie-goers massacred in Aurora, Colorado, media reports of violence and murder, devastation of every imaginable sort in all corners of the world.
And here we sit, the U.S. with a second-term, elected president who definitely does not walk his talk with consistency; a pretender as a unifier, usurping the Nobel Peace Prize for “extraordinary… efforts, internationally, who cannot even come close to that vision in his own county.
New Horizons’ Possible Human, Possible Society Study has been revealing In this aspect; the difference that is made in living out our ideals and how we really treat one another, when push comes to shove. There is much to say on this point. However, for now I wish to just recount an incident that brought the negligence of one another home to me a few years back; thinking globally, acting locally.
The year was 2001, early in the year. The school shootings at Columbine were still fresh in the collective consciousness of our citizenry while “911” was a relatively far off tragedy to come.
This tragedy had been enacted at a San Diego middle school. What made it of particular interest to this local radio show was that the adolescent boy who had exacted the lives of a handful of his fellow students was a young man had grown up in the local county, before having recently moved to California. Further recollection reminds me that there was some kind of marital dissolution that may have prompted the move.
So where had this shocking potential for violence been hiding, only later to erupt, leaving young students lying in blood? The conclusion, as I recall, was that bullying of this student in his new school had been behind the tragedy.
I was stunned by the question. But not too much so as to not have a response.
Now, of course, recent tragedies by mass murderers have spotlighted extreme mental health issues. And, so it seems, there is a limit to what might have been noticed to avoid these tragedies. All we can do is learn from this for the next time.
Still, when I am reminded of this tragedy of youthful violence and death, I sometimes put it, in my own mind, next to more subtly violent situations I have known. Such as what occurred at our last year’s Abkhazian Dinner where and when mature adults, ostensibly strong advocates of peace, consciously chose to ignore the racial, verbal violence directed at one of our guests by another. To this day, the ignorers, are still asking, without apparent comprehension or remorse –
Neale Donald Walsch
The answer is obvious to me, if not to you.