Because life is tragic and painful. The lack of acknowledgement of such pain, whether it be physical, psychological or spiritual usually only begets more pain. In many ways that’s the problem.
I think our cultural assumptions, especially in the West, about what life ‘should’ be, has only made us so much more insecure and separated from the reality that this ‘gig’ is a short term affair for all of us. Many of whom will suffer greatly at some point in life.
I think the events in Vegas and those like them, make us feel hopeless because they momentary shock us out of the daily daydream of life’s routine, the routine that we’ve learned to take for granted. The more our societal advancements have made life appear more certain and secure, the more we suffer when the proverbial rug is pulled out from under our feet. There’s nothing else there to cushion the fall.
Death can happen to anyone, anytime, there’s no guarantee that your going to live a nice long life and pass away peacefully in your sleep aged 101.
Yet many of us think like that without ever really questioning it. I bet many people in Vegas thought like that too. None of them would of ever imagined, as they prepared to enjoy an evening of country music, that they soon might be dead. Why would you? None of us ever actually believe it will happen ‘to me’.
At a music concert, nor should you, not in a fair world at least. Unfortunately that’s not our world, when has it ever been. Even when things have been relatively safe in one part of the world, people are suffering on the other side through war, famine, genocide etc.
Don’t forget that so much of the perceived safety, culture and advancement in living standards we’ve grown accustomed too in the west has come at the expense of those less fortunate.
Sorry I’m aware I’m going off topic into big picture land, yet for me that’s the only way I can make sense of such things.
I know how it feels though. For a good while I became severely exhausted and down beat about the world, It really began to effect me, even though by all accounts nothing was actually happening to me. It helps to abstain from the news and all forms media for a while. Get back into your body, your mind, your own felt reality of life. Take things from there.
Whilst terrible events will always happen in this world, more goodness happens, humans are generally pretty decent the world over. You just won’t see that on the news, which is why you need to free yourself from that fear from time to time.
I know many people now days believe things are getting worse and the world is going crazy. What then, must people have thought 72 years ago when the first two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan? Or when the horrors of the holocaust became apparent. It’s because now we hear of everything in real time.
Yes, It almost breaks your mind trying to make sense of it all, yet somehow life continues. Because regardless of how terrible things do or don’t become, people still have to die and it’s not long before a new generation takes their place. Even if we succeed in creating heaven on Earth, would not the fact that we eventually have to leave only increase the fear of death?
I think what I’m trying to say is that you will never, ever be able to prevent a single human being from committing the kind of events that happened in Vegas the other night. Even if 99% of humanity decides to treat each other lovingly, it only takes 1% to decide to do otherwise. In a city of 600,000 it only took 1. That’s quite a lot of power to wield over so many people, maybe there’s your answer?
For those of us not willing to take out our inferiority on others, I think the only answer is to connect to a greater meaning beyond what culture currently represents. That will only happen through more sincere, honest communication and reflection on what it means to be human and how we can support each other. We need to create a new and more accommodating story, one that better includes the kind of individuals, who if they felt less socially isolated, might not believe that a gun was the only way to be heard. It many ways we need to make the education of children the most important job in the entire world.
Having said all that, sometimes a person may just want to pull the trigger.
What else can you do?