On the day when the Aurora theater shooting occurred, I posted a Facebook comment that got more feedback than anything else I’ve ever posted. It went like this:
A terrible event. This reaffirms my belief that positive, lasting change will not come from external forces like new laws or new technologies. The “bad guys” will always innovate and adapt. No, true change must occur in the hearts of the people. If we can become a little more civil to each other, if we actually get to know our neighbors, if we genuinely care about those we meet, if we take time to listen to the lonely and empathize with the hurting — perhaps we can help some turn before they become “bad guys” in the first place.
It’s true. The politicians will give long speeches on the types of controls that need to be put in place. From gun control to birth control, they will give their answers to society’s problems. But the only true control is self control. If we can instill an intrinsic desire to work with love for the benefit of those around us, our society can turn around in just one generation.
Perhaps that will require shutting off the video game and talking to the people around us – a radical approach.