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Why the shock and awe?
The Washington Post ^ | 12/15/2012 | Franklin Graham

Posted on 12/18/2012 4:19:14 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion

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When tragedies like these occur, why do we respond with such shock and awe? Psychiatrist Keith Ablow said, “This kind of shock registers with people…because it seems like the unthinkable keeps moving into the sphere of our reality.”

The “unthinkable” first surfaced in mankind thousands of years ago when Cain killed his brother Abel out of mere jealousy and rivalry. God had warned Cain, “Sin is crouching at your door,” but Cain ignored God’s word and committed murder. God punished Cain for taking innocent life but the violent shedding of blood has continued for centuries. Why?

The Bible answers this question with certainty, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). In fact, the Bible gives clear testimony to just how evil the human race became. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord…was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:5-6).

Where do we go from here? We might start by looking at what we watch and listen to. For example, South Korean rapper sensation, Psy, who has gained worldwide acclaim by “singing” that Americans should be killed “slowly and painfully,” including, “daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers” was featured last weekend at “Christmas in Washington,” a charity concert attended by President Obama. Parents and children are feeding on entertainment that portrays violence whether through lewd television programs, violent movies, offensive music, vulgar video games and anything- goes Internet gaming sites . . .


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TOPICS: Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics; Theology
KEYWORDS: berzerker; guncontrol; secondamendment
This strikes me as a much better viewpoint than, “Can we all agree that guns are bad?”

Rev. Graham gives a good example of what we shouldn’t listen to. But in general, none of the fictional evils to which we expose ourselves is quite so destructive as paying attention to the purveyors of fear who style themselves “the press.”

“Perfect love casteth out fear” - but “objective” journalists are salesmen of fear. And so is anyone to whom journalists apply positive labels such as “liberal” (Americans believe in liberty), “progressive” (Americans believe in “promot[ing] the progress of science and useful arts”), “moderate,” or “centrist.”

It is all very well to style these massacres “senseless,” but if you give a moment’s thought to it you will know that suicides are dramatic “statements” - and assassination-suicides are the most dramatic. From that perspective, we see that it is a mercy that so few suicides are assassination-suicides.
Recognizing the internal logic of assassination suicides puts paid to the notion that regulation of guns would stop them, for they are not (at least internally) illogical. We should take seriously the story about the motorist who had a flat tire while driving past an insane asylum.
The motorist took the lug nuts off of the wheel and put them all in the hubcap right on the edge of the road. An inattentive driver passing by drove too close, and sent the hubcap flying, scattering all the lug nuts into an impenetrable patch of vines and poison ivy.

The stranded motorist said, “Now what am I going to do?” and he heard a voice from a window in the asylum building. “Take off one lug nut from each of the other three wheels. That will give you three lug nuts to hold on the spare, and you can drive to town slowly and get to a shop and get squared away.” The motorist replied, “Hey, that’s pretty clever. What’s a smart man like you doing in that place?” The inmate replied, “I may be crazy but I’m not stupid.

Suicidal self-dramatists are crazy. But they are not stupid. Just because they plan to commit suicide doesn’t mean that they are willing to be killed by others. They have decided to dictate events - which explains why they don’t do battle if confronted with armed opposition. Risking getting wounded and captured is not part of their plan.


1 posted on 12/18/2012 4:19:18 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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2 posted on 12/18/2012 4:24:51 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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“Rev. Graham gives a good example of what we shouldn’t listen to.”

Really? Why not? It seems to me that what he says about recognizing the capacity for evil in all of us is very solid advice. And also that the source of comfort and peace is Christ.


3 posted on 12/18/2012 5:11:58 AM PST by madmominct
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“Rev. Graham gives a good example of what we shouldn’t listen to.”
Really? Why not? It seems to me that what he says about recognizing the capacity for evil in all of us is very solid advice. And also that the source of comfort and peace is Christ.
For example, South Korean rapper sensation, Psy, who has gained worldwide acclaim by “singing” that Americans should be killed “slowly and painfully,” including, “daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers”
That was the example I had reference to. I regret the ambiguity in my writing which allowed the inference that I meant that Graham himself, rather than the example he cited, was "a good example of what we shouldn’t listen to.”

4 posted on 12/18/2012 7:48:03 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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