Had one of those situations not too far away recently: couple separates, separation is acrimonious, guy gets a gun and kills not only his ex, but also many members of her extended family. *He* is not happy with how things are, so lots of people have to die.
Then I got to thinking about some of the school shootings and the theater bombing. Yeah, it's one thing to go after people who have directly harmed you, or who you perceive to have directly harmed you. Not a good thing, mind you, but at least understandable in a twisted way. But what about the targeting of innocents? The whole "I'm miserable, and I'm going to make other people as miserable as I am by killing their loved ones so they understand how I feel" thing?
I'm struck tonight by how incredibly selfish and self-centered this seems. Wondering why we see these rampages more in the US than in any other civilized nation of which I'm aware. Are we less connected to our communities or just less able to deal with frustration and anger and disappointment because we are becoming a culture of special little flowers in which a consideration of the greater good, the good beyond our own individual needs and wishes, is lost? Was at taekwondo the other day discussing the murders and in the class were an Austrian woman, the Indian instructor and an Englishwoman who had a hard time even wrapping their heads around the idea of something like that happening in their home countries. Certainly not with any degree of frequency, anyway.
Not really a reflection for Christmastime, I know. Just thinking about the Spock quotation (as in Star Trek, not the pediatrician) about the needs of the many outweighing those of the few or the one and wondering where we're going wrong.