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Friday, October 9, 2015

Mass shootings and collective memory

Posted on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Our society has a tendency to remember or to be fascinated or angered about things that may or may not be that important in the greater scheme of things...Kaitlyn Jenner, The Kardashians, Cecil the lion (yes, I am sorry). We remember when a beautiful lion is killed and we remember longer (and maybe we are angrier) than we are when beautiful people are massacred everywhere around the world by gun toting nuts and the various wars, acts of terror, etc. That spot in our memory for the truly horrid stuff is filled with the aforementioned. In other words we are distracted. Maybe we block these thing out. I wonder what is on reality tv tonight? I am sorry if I offended anyone, anywhere by what I just said. There is a saying about those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it. We sadly may be doomed by defective memories. We do not learn from our mistakes; we do look at the mistakes of others and wonder how we can better game the system. Not everyone is evil, but evil does pervade our world. Evil depends on us being stupid and distracted. Next week or the week after; the same things will happen and more people will die. A politician will wring his or her hands and make some speeches. Everything will be fine on planet stupid. —Bluesnozer

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