Monday, April 15, 2013
Okay, one more day to go until Level 2. The days are getting rougher and rougher, and it's getting harder to muster up the energy to exercise when I get home. My stomach is still bothering me. I skimped on doing the crunches today; I just didn't have it in me.
The helplessness I feel seeing yet another mass violence headline weighs on me. My uncle and my cousins run in the marathon in Chicago every year. It could have happened anywhere. I work with the mentally ill on a daily basis. They do some scary things. And it gets scarier as they get older and the resources available to them dwindle. Can I imagine one of my kids doing something unspeakable? Yes. But the thing that frightens me the most is that the trend toward mass violence is over-magnified in the media. The more the media focuses on these things, the more that the perpetrators want to up the ante. Bombs this time, not guns. The reasons why don't even matter. The real reason is that we as a nation have become a reality tv show as a whole. Just look at facebook and notice how many actual posts with typed words are there, and how much more of reposted pictures, propaganda and rhetoric (usually spelled wrong and a grammatical nightmare). Not much is really real. The more connected we are, the more disconnected we become.