Can we stop killing each other?


It’s killing time!  The papers are full of it. You can hardly pick up a newspaper or listen to the TV without hearing of another murder or atrocity.  Each day seems to bring fresh carnage.  Each instance is more unbelievable then the last.  It seems there is no end to the mayhem that can be perpetrated on our fellow human beings.

For too many of us, life seems to hold little value.  We have all seen the headlines, wherein some stranger kills someone for a few dollars or even for “no” dollars.  Two suspects in a string of murders in Arizona were reported to have described their acts as: “random recreational violence.”  We no longer need motives for killing people.

Are you appalled by such a thought as “random recreational violence?  How long before we become accustomed to such killings and simply take them for granted?  There are over 30, 000 highway deaths every year in the USA, but we hardly lose a minute of sleep over them unless it is someone we know.  The rest of the deaths we simply chalk up to the price of living in an advanced industrial economy.  Will we get to the point where “random recreational violence” is seen as the cost of living in the twenty first century?  Will be become so jaded, that we simply turn the page or go to sleep without another thought as to the victims?  God forbid it! God forbid it!

But what can you do? What can we do? You might wish to become a vigilante but that would not really solve anything.  Is there a solution?  Why does crime seem to keep intensifying?  Why are mass killings getting more common.  What can we personally do to stop the killing time?  The simple answer lies in the personal actions that we can all take to avoid violence and harm.

Questions to Help You Reflect:  

Do you support peace?  Do you oppose capital punishment?  Do you oppose death to all people?  Do you support charities that promote peace work?  Do you believe that all killing is wrong?  Do you look for other solutions to promote peace in the world? Can you find a charity now that supports some peace work and either get on their mailing list or send them some money?  What if everyone in the world really supported peace and non-violence?  You are either part of the problem or part of the solution.  There can be no in between.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dr. John Persico Jr.
    May 08, 2023 @ 11:25:39

    Reblogged this on Aging Capriciously and commented:

    I wrote this short blog 13 years ago. Nothing much seems to have changed except the death toll keeps climbing and the number of mass killings is almost daily rather than monthly. How about holding the politicians who support these extreme gun laws as equally guilty of MURDER? Abbott in Texas should be held guilty as an accessory to murder. Republicans deflect the gun problem by talking about “Mental Health Crisis.” There is no mental health crisis. There is a “Gun Crisis.” Before you read my prior blog, read what one first responder had to say about the recent gun massacre in Texas.

    “The first girl I walked up to was crouched down covering her head in the bushes, so I felt for a pulse, pulled her head to the side and she had no face. I went to help a boy covered in blood who had survived the shooting while being protected by his mother, who was killed.”

    The reality is brutal and more than sad. My prayers and thoughts that someday the politicians that are responsible for this carnage will rot in hell.



  2. jilldennison
    May 09, 2023 @ 00:43:34

    And if in 2010 we thought it was bad … perhaps it’s good we couldn’t see into the future, couldn’t see all the way to 2023 when gun deaths have broken records, when mass shootings are not only a daily event, but happen 2-3 times EVERY day. To quote PP&M in their song, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” … “When will they ever learn …” When indeed … methinks the answer is … Never.



    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      May 09, 2023 @ 09:51:19

      Well Jill, we have nothing to do except keep trying. At times like this the lines of the Impossible Dream are very inspiring:

      This is my quest
      To follow that star
      No matter how hopeless
      No matter how far

      To fight for the right
      Without question or pause
      To be willing to march into Hell
      For a heavenly cause

      And I know if I’ll only be true
      To this glorious quest
      That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
      When I’m laid to my rest

      And the world will be better for this
      That one woman, scorned and covered with scars
      Still strove with her last ounce of courage
      To reach the unreachable star.

      Slight changes on my part Jill.

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  3. jilldennison
    May 09, 2023 @ 23:06:56

    I just played that song for a music post back in February … one of my all-time favourites! I like your changes … very apt.



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