Death Is Life's Change Agent

Forgive me father for I have sinned, it’s been 14 days since my last podcast.

In this episode I’m actually going to talk about the gun debate — pretty much — I can’t avoid it.

This is episode s11e06(414) for Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and clocked in at 32 minutes, 10 seconds

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I know you’ve probably heard enough about the recent shootings at {insert school name here}. It’s all over social media, mainstream media, alternative media, and in every day conversations. Everyone has something say, everyone has a solution, and everyone is an idiot — me included.

I didn’t want to talk about it, but I can’t avoid it. So here I go.

Wayward Pines was canceled by Fox this week after two seasons. I like that series as it explored some very interesting concepts, but (without any spoilers) it shows that humans … well … they are unpredictable (and predictable), violent, don’t like people telling them what to do, and the kids have a special education to lead differently. Honestly, I can see this actually happening in reality.

Also, SyFy is making The Purge: The Series. Hmmm. So it’s a show about … well … instead of zombies it’s just humans trying to kill other humans. You know, because humans are unpredictable and violent. Again, I can actually see this happening in reality. It’s sad, but true.

Very recently there was a gun scare and panic at a local mall. An altercation broke out in the food court but no firearms were involved. Police intervened and broke it up. But someone yelled about gunfire (yeah freedom of speech), word traveled fast and there was a mass panic across the entire mall. Thanks to social media I watched videos of people running, hiding, crying, and screaming at the mall. There was no gunfire, but just the thought of it terrified people to the core. This is reality, in my backyard.

Mr Steve Jobs once said in a commencement address many years ago, "No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true."

My favorite part of that quote is, “Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent.”

Death is life’s change agent. That it is.

Death from war. I was recently watching WWII in color documentary on Netflix. It’s very disturbing what the world was like not so long ago. It was a considerable change agent for those who died and for those who lived.

Death can come from a school shooting — college, high school, grade school — or a shooting at an outdoor venue or night club or military base (that’s a place with lots of guns and people trained how to use them).

Death can come from guns, knives, baseball bats, sharp sticks, duct tape, automobiles, drugs (legal and illegal, except weed — go ahead and look of weed related deaths), alcohol, puma, a tick, or any multitude of things.

Death can be from natural cause, poor health, by suicide, or murder, or depression, or just accidental.

“It clears out the old to make way for the new”

Someone once said that the only way for society to change was for the old people to die — until then the old ideas will never die. And there are a lot of shirty ideas out there.

Side note: Swearing is become difficult as I change my auto predict to change swear words into words used on the show The Good Place. So now my phone and computer say fork, shirt, bench, and similar stuff. Please bear with me.

There are high school students — remember at high school senior is 18 and old enough vote and to die for our country — that are affected by the death of their friends and classmates at the hands of an another with a firearm and are using that death to make change. To start to clear out the old and make way for the new.

The old is our current government — some of which are elderly (70+) — who are paid large sums of money to think and vote a certain way instead of listening to the will of the people.

Another side note: I don’t give a fork or you are republican or democrats or if you like to eat your own poop — both sides of this idiotic binary thinking government are failing us. Ok, actually I am concerned if you eat your own poop, please seek help immediately. I’m not a Trump hater or an Obama lover. I’m a hater of people not thinking or thinking everything is black or white. I’m a hater of people that cannot comprise or even listen to the other side. It’s not one particular side that’s the problem, it’s both. I’ver covered this before on the show, but I digress. 

One things for sure at this point, things are going to change. Well, except for the fact that people are hateful, violent, and only listen to things they believe and never to other viewpoints.

But here are a few things that stand out to me in the recent “gun debate”.

Making something illegal doesn’t stop it from happening. It’s illegal to kill people, yet it still happens. It’s illegal to use certain drugs, yet it still happens. It’s illegal to charge for sex (yet still very legal to give it away to everyone you want), yet it still happens. Rape is illegal, yet it still happens. Having a firearm on school property or in a mall, or many other places is illegal, yet it still happens.

Yet another side note: Conceal carry people usually have a firearm on them. It’s concealed so you don’t see it. And it’s in places where it’s probably illegal. But you won’t know because you can’t see it. Also, these aren’t the people killing people.

Whipping your dick out in public is illegal — 

Actually, another yet another side note: a sex offender must register and have a massive amount of restrictions placed on their life (including where they can live or work), but if you murder a bunch of people you don’t get put on a registry, you can live wherever you want, work anywhere (that will hire you), there are limited restrictions put on you. So … as a society we are more worried about penis then about murder … but I digress again.

Having a law does not prevent something from happening. Laws do not change people’s behavior. Fear of punishment does not deter illegal activity. Murders will murder no matter what and people who’s morals say it’s bad to kill will not murder anyone. But if murder wasn’t illegal, if there was no law against it, we’d probably be at “the purge” level about now. 

Yet, laws are good for a civilized society. We should punish law breakers. And as a society we are very poor at that.

Now changing laws is good as well. Society changes over time (old goes away, new replaces them). If we change a law, it may or may not help — but if we do nothing then … well … nothing. It’s us giving up. Doing nothing is ignoring the problem and hoping it just goes away. Doing nothing is what you do when you are scared and terrified and don’t have a solution. Turns out solutions are very difficult, there is no easy button (I did a show on that before too).

When the Columbine shooting happened many years ago, laws changed to put an armed police officer (or officers) at high schools. That way someone was there to shoot back if necessary. Obviously that has not worked.

Ronald Reagan was surrounded by secret service with guns, yet he was shot.

What I’m trying to say is that if someone wants to commit an atrocity, if someone is an amoral sociopath, they will find a way, regardless of the law, regardless of potential punishment.

I do know, from history, that when everyone carries a gun, people tend to be more polite, but it’s only out of fear, it’s not genuine and eventually it will end up with a shoot out at the O.K. Corral. That’s because many people don’t give a fork if you have a gun or not. Obviously I’ve been watching a lot of westerns recently.

The old of our society cannot make decisions. They are paid to think things by corporations and special interests groups instead of supporting society itself.  It’s not government for the people, by the people. 

The young are now standing up, and soon they will be ones in charge. They will be making decisions. It’s inevitable and necessary. The new replaces the old.

I’m not here with a solution. I don’t have the answers. I do know we must do something instead of nothing. We don’t know if that something will work, but we need to try. If we don’t try, then what kind of people are we? We are dead people. Dead people don’t do anything. They are dead.

I’m living. I’m listening. And I beg to society, please work to solve the solution of violence and killing without more violence and killing.

Oh, and just in case you are wondering, I’m a gun owner. I’m a conceal carry licensee, and if you start a fight or attempt to hurt my loved ones, I will do everything in my existence to stop you. And when I do, I will remove the heart from your chest and take bite out of it. You see, I’m not pacifist. I’m part of the problem. I’m a normal angry, violent, American. Fork yeah.

I have made mistakes in my life. I’ve done good things, bad things, and medium things. I have atoned for the sins of my past. I’ve learned. I’ve grown. Now it’s time to do new sins!
— The Philacted Disphor

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