Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Norway Spree Shooter on trial.

Anders Breivik is being tried at the moment in Norway for murdering 77 people last year. Word has it that he is a right wing supremacist. What tends to happen in cases such as this is that everyone watching latches onto the fact that he has extreme political views and they lose sight of the human element. In effect they buy into the good and evil conundrum and so the individuals political views become the reason for what happened but this is not the case because this shooting spree should be taken in a wider context.

All shooting sprees are the same. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or why the shooter is supposed to have done it. A person or persons with access to guns loses the plot and takes their anger out on the big bad world, that’s the truth of shooting sprees, be it premeditated or a snap, the essence is the same. People are not machines they are emotional and sometimes our emotions can get out of control. If a person begins thinking in an extreme fashion and they happen to have a load of guns or indeed if they even have access to guns it’s not going to end well.

The American model of how a society is supposed to “protect” itself is nothing other than paranoia because if the guns were not so readily available there would in fact be no threat, it is actually the availability of guns which is the main issue here and not why anyone goes on a shooting spree. Why something happens doesn’t matter, why is just our way of explaining things, why the last shooting spree happened never stops the next one from happening so we really should be looking at the mechanics of humanity rather than politics or the persons background. At the bottom of the page I have pasted in a compiled list of rampage killers, people who go on shooting sprees and it is surprising the types of people who do this sort of thing. As always there is a certain amount of generalising that can be done but the fact remains that if guns were better controlled and regulated this type of thing could be avoided.

Some questions may never be answered. Human beings are prone to acts of violence, fact. What we do in order to try and better understand how violence works is profiling. We find similarities in the types of people who commit violence as a kind of yard stick to try figure out how and why they do it. The reality however is much more chilling. All types of people go on sprees and as I have already said, it is the fact that guns are available that is the problem here. If the person didn’t have access to guns before these acts were carried out they simply wouldn’t have murdered on the same scale that they did.

If you have ever felt in a twinge of anger you will know how ingratiating it can be. Anger is an immediate fix. When we lash out it often feels good and when something happens which makes us angry we feel that need to be nasty to others or even use violence in some cases, we have all felt it at sometime but thankfully for most of us we don’t go to those extremes. Anger is an emotional response and it is a very human thing. If you have not studied the human time line you really should. The Timeline shows very clearly how human beings developed. We really have not changed in tens of thousands of years we have the same emotions and instincts as we had back then. The main changes that have happened are that we have gotten better at making things and continual population explosions have meant that there are a lot more of us than there were. People however think there have been changes and this is due largely to the fact that since our societies have become more affluent you have larger numbers of people living in much, much better conditions what this does is give those people a false sense that everything is fine due to singular thinking and our built in need to feel safe we tell ourselves lies about how the world really is. A quick check of the news on a daily basis will tell you that clearly everything is not fine and a quick check of the historical record will tell you it never has been!

If you’re of a nervous disposition don’t read the list below because it is shocking that behind every number is a life. Breivik will be found guilty of that there is no doubt but there will be another shooting spree soon enough and they will continue to happen because people are just too paranoid and too unwilling to face the very nature of themselves. People will always look outside of themselves for a way to make the bad feelings go away, thankfully for most of us the people around us do not have access to firearms and so they will never be able to commit acts such as Breivik has.


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

March in Remembrance of Dee Corr.

On the 15th of April there will be a March in Remembrance of Dee Corr. It will make its way from the site of Dees death at the flat where he lived in the New Lodge to Custom House Square. Dees name is all over this and rightly so but this is not just about Dee and it’s not just about Belfast.

We are living in a very loosely based collective which is severely fragmented. We do not reach out and touch each other because we are afraid. We walk past each other in the streets with our earphones in looking at the ground because we have been taught to be suspicious of strangers. We analyse everything people say to us looking for signs they might be sexual predators or weirdos or just plain anti-social and yet it us who are anti-social. We push everyone away and go home and lock our doors behind us hoping that the politicians or the clergy will just make the bad world go away, well the bad world isn’t going to go away it is our fear which is making the bad world what it is because we’re all selfish little boys and girls who never grew up.

We have no community. Having gone through the troubles and all the horror associated with that dark time we never did anything when peace came along except get drunker on our own selfishness. If you think I am not talking about you, you’re wrong.

If you live in this City, if you live in this country come to this March and show us that you care for the place where you live, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t know Dee lets start building a community that generations in the future can look back on and be proud of. Lets go and look into every dark crevice and every disturbed mind in this city, without fear and accept all there is to accept. Lets start treating the Foreigners and the Homeless and the Addicts and the Spides like human beings and they’ll stop wanting to attack the place we live in. Behind every set of angry eyes is a human being who has never been loved or accepted and many of the supposed pillars of the "community" suffer from their own forms of social sickness. We are all human beings and the modern age has meant we were all born with a degree of trauma. Lets start giving each other a break.

This is one afternoon out of your life. If we all give a little bit of our time back to the city, back to the country and we all stop worrying about hypothetical situations that only exist in the gossip we all so freely and maliciously partake in we can build something beautiful but it will take us all to do it.

If you think I am wrong and that the fault of this whole mess lies with the lower classes and the Foreigners and the Homeless continue on your little crusade but remember it is not winnable because negativity just creates more of itself. If you think that it’s them who are being negative, be mindful for if you attack someone who has just attacked you, you have become the attacker, you have become that which you wished not to be. If it was wrong for them to attack you how could it possibly be right for you to retaliate? If someone else chooses to be at odds with the world that is their beef and karma rewards in kind it is not up to you or me or anyone to judge, the universe pays anyone who defies it back in time and by its rules. We have no right to ascertain who should deserve what and we certainly should not be judging people who have done nothing other than be emotionally and socially unwell.

On the 15th of April there will be a March in Remembrance of Dee Corr. It will make its way from the site of Dees death at the flat where he lived in the New Lodge to Custom House Square. Dees name is all over this and rightly so but this is not just about Dee and it’s not just about Belfast.

If you are free that day you should go to this March. Only we can make our world a better place but we all need to be there to do that.