Some years ago in another forum after the first Columbine massacre I published an article in which I laid out what really needed to be done to change things and prevent it from happening over and over. The recent tragedy in Connecticut and the frantic arguing and accusations going back and forth about how to react to it. I have noticed once again that my fellow Americans want to bury their heads in the sand and ignore why these things happen. Allow me to lay out my case to you for what I believe needs to change to prevent these type of tragedies from becoming an even more regular occurrence than they are now. Please forgive my arrogant tone below but I do get so tired of feeling as though I am screaming in the wind and no one hears me. And please pray for the families of the victims.
The last time I wrote about this was right after Columbine, but nobody listened to me then and probably no one will listen to me now, but I am going to explain the root cause of this whole series of tragedies again just on the hope that one day one of you ordinary mere mortals might grasp the very depth and breadth of the evil that most of you actively encourage every single day. Once again what appears to be another exceptional but troubled young person has gone off the deep end, and lashed out at society by harming innocent victims to punish us for what we have done to them collectively.
In America today it is wrong to be different; it is dangerous to be just a little bit brighter to dream a little bigger. Sure there is reward for certain academic achievements, but somehow these have become more a matter filling out the proper paperwork, and being willing to conform to what our society expects orderly academics to look like. Those that refuse to conform academically, and that have no talent or desire to be in sports, or to line up and go in the arenas on Friday night with the rest of the sycophants who worship these stupid fucking games. The ones that are usually just a little too smart for such bullshit, they are tormented, bullied, punished just for being what they are which is often just being a little bit smarter than the herd they run in. For daring to stand up and ask why, why do you love to see young men repeatedly batter themselves to pieces on Friday night, why do you have to look and act like everyone else in this room, and perhaps the biggest question of them all why do you expect me to love these things also when to me it is just absolute complete stupidity. I’d whole lot rather be crunching code or doodling up new designs for vehicles, drawing anime, building robots, or just dreaming up better newer worlds for all of us.
It’s not just the kids, who torment them, in fact if it were only other kids these things would take care of themselves. All of the adults participate in it as well especially those of you whom work in the school system. As a teenager I was berated by teachers for a lack of school spirit when I admitted that I could care less about how the schools various “ball teams” did. Thank God they didn’t have Ritalin back then or I probably would have been turned into a druggie just to get me to shut up and go along like everyone else. No one will ever convince me that it and other drugs like it exist for any other reason. I proved a teacher wrong one time and got punished for it. Yes I was a difficult child and I quickly learned by the time I was a teenager to hide the real reason for my sheer boredom with school, that most of what we were learning about in high school was shit I had already learned on my own in 3rd grade. It didn’t work though, today in my 40’s I have finally amassed a vast portfolio of experience in dealing with people and am able to survive and even have active social life despite the fact that I would rather curl up with a good book and I have not seen a football or baseball game in twenty years. No I don’t support the fucking team, get over it already will you. Yes it creates awkward moments for me when someone asks did I catch the game last night. Most of the time I just politely say no, after all today I am too big and ugly looking not to mention extremely talented and valuable to my employer, that nobody tries to kick my ass or tell me what a miserable little weasel I am for not caring.
We can ban guns, and these kids will attack with knives and homemade bombs. Chances are we can manage to collect up all the knives & dumb down our chemistry to the point that no normal sheeple could figure out how build bombs from household items, and one of these guys would show up with a sonic death ray and kill an entire school.
Of course our main reaction to this will be to be even more suspicious of you know, those weird kids. We gotta get them under control and make them just like us.
This way the cycle of endless violence will be perpetuated for eternity. Unless we just go ahead and give every 1st grader a lobotomy. That will make them all easier to control and more equal too.
Oh but there is a solution. All we have to do is just reach for it. One of the most important things we can do is reject the notion of absolute conformity that permeates our society today. This nation was founded by various groups of misfits and troublemakers.
Another very important key is the elimination of a one size fits all education policy dictated by politicians. Such policies as the No Child Gets Ahead Act etc. actually destroy any chance of really helping students individually whether they are exceptional or below average. Instead it forces the entire system to push students to a single united goal of conformity rather than allowing each individual to excel as he or she is able. This is not good for them or for our nation. We need the occasional non-conformist trouble maker, like Edison, Jobs, Gates, or Tesla to give us the quantum advancements that will make our lives even better in the future. At this time I am not sure how I feel about the public education system (for me it was mostly 13 years of sheer hell and it was boring) but I do know the federal experiment begun in 1977 is a failure and that at the very least control should be returned to a more local level. That way the teachers can worry about educating their students instead of just conforming to a national standard.
It wouldn’t hurt for all of us to realize that sports are just playground games and not really worth all the fuss and money that is wasted on them. Hey I wouldn’t make it mandatory for a football fan to go to a pep rally for the chess team. Spend the money on better and more individualized educations so that these kids can plan a safer cleaner form of energy or explore Mars or anything more productive than plotting to kill other children.
I know you don’t believe me, but I will be here 10 years from now after another even bigger tragedy and will tell you the same thing. The problem is really us.