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    Stopping Mass Murder, Part 2

    Last week’s blog gave an overview of the problem of mass murder and school shootings. This week I’ll focus on school shootings and the main underlying cause which is bullying. Bullying is a wide subject, because it encompasses a lot more than most people realize. It’s actually a subcategory of conflict, both mental and physical, that is found in the bully. Stopping school shootings requires a two-pronged response of working with the bully and working with their victims. It is the victims that turn out to be school shooters. Bullying comes in many forms found in four main categories: verbal; physical; psychological; and cyberbullying. Most people usually think of the…

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    How to Stop Mass Murder

    Mass murder here is defined as being committed by just one or two persons, as in the case of Columbine, Colorado, where 18 students were killed by two boys. It excludes such events as the Boston massacre and others. Primarily, the focus is on school shootings. Most of these shootings occur in the United States, but they are found in Taiwan, Israel, Yemen, the Philippines, China, New Zealand and other countries. The first one occurred on October 19, 1923, at the Waikato School in New Zealand. The attempts to stop the killings have included stricter gun laws, putting metal detectors at entrances to schools, putting armed officers inside the schools,…

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    Good Enough Isn’t

    A trend exists today that good enough to get by is all that’s necessary, that doing your best isn’t required. Why put out the extra work to do everything right when no one will notice anyway? And in business, just good enough will save you time and money- maybe. But doing things just good enough to get by can cost you in the long run. I watch a lot of videos on photography to learn more about what I’m doing so that I can do a better job and make better photographs. A number of the instructors for the editing program I use say that building a mask on one…

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    What is Truth?

    This was Pilate’s question to Jesus just before he dismissed Him. So, the question of what truth is has been debated for centuries, even before Pilate. My Webster’s Dictionary defines truth as “the state of being the case”, and “the body of real things, events, and facts”, and “the property of being in accord with fact or reality” (emphasis mine). But how do we determine exactly what the truth is? How do we exclude human subjectivity from finding the truth? I’m going to try answering that question this morning. A number of decades ago federal truth in advertising laws were passed because advertising was, for the most part, devoid of…

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    The Pursuit f Happiness v. the Imputation of Joy

    Almost everyone wants to be happy, and rightly so. There is nothing wrong with that. I like to be happy. Mr. Webster defines happiness as wellbeing and contentment, pleasurable satisfaction. Those are good states of being. We are happy when everything is going our way as the old song says. A beautiful day can make us happy. Receiving a promotion at work can make us happy. Just last month I submitted three photographs to a black and white photography show to be held in November. All three were accepted, which gives me pleasurable satisfaction, or happiness. The show receives over 400 applications and it has room for only 250 photos.…

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    Climate Change and Christian Stewardship.

    Our existence on earth is in pearl. We are in a self-imposed predicament because we have not taken care of the third rock from the sun. Last Friday, September 29, was the International Student Strike Against Climate Change. Students from Albuquerque, New Mexico, held a rally in Robinson Park between downtown and Old Town. There were numerous groups represented at the rally, but I didn’t see even one Christian slogan or group. I should have seen a lot of Christian banners. Climate change will soon get out of hand if we don’t reverse the process immediately. Fossil fuels are blocking the sun, aerosols are depleting the ozone layer, which allows…

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    Dealing with Bullies

    Bullys are a problem not only in schools, but in the workplace and almost everywhere else. Parents bully their children, husbands bully wives, and wives their husbands. Parents bully their parents and grandparents sometimes bully their children and grandchildren. Bullying can have unforeseen consequences. The two boys who did the Columbine, Colorado, school shooting had been bullied and mistreated by their peers. Just last week, a girl who had been bullied when she was attending high school planned to return and kill 400 people. Also, a large percentage of juvenile suicides are attributed to the victim being bullied either in person or online. “Going postal” is a term that refers…

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    Making the World Work

    A man who was apprehended recently before he could commit a mass shooting made the statement that the world doesn’t work. In the context that he said that he was right, society doesn’t work. Politicians act on expediency rather than on what’s best for the country. Famous people who many others look up to cheat on getting their children into preferred universities and racial hatred abounds. The shooter in Texas was targeting Mexicans and he repeated President Trump’s discriminatory rhetoric. Bullying of others on the Internet and in-person is common, and it has caused numerous suicides. Women rally for the right to kill their own children by aborting them. Some…

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    Stopping Mass Violence, Part Two: Community and individual actions

    Last week’s blog dealt with what the government can do to help stop mass violence. From a religious perspective it can do little because of the prohibition of the First Amendment in the United States Constitution. However, the governments, local, state and federal can utilize the underlying principles found in the Christian approach to managing violence. Also, steps are being taken to identify potential mass shooters and bombers before they have a chance to act on their plans. The understanding of mass violence in the form of school and mall shootings and public bombings like in Boston is hindered by the fact that most shooters die in carrying out the…

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    Stopping Mass Violence Part Two: The Government

    This week’s blog is on what the government needs to do to stop mass violence. If you haven’t read the blog on Psalm 23 from two weeks ago, I recommend going back and reading that blog first. It lays the foundation for government action, not only in regards to mass violence, but in all aspects of governing. This blog is being written the morning after another mass shooting, this one in Odessa, Texas. Clearly, these incidents have to stop. But that won’t happen over night. It will take at least one generation to make the most impact on this violence. But there is a lot that can be done right…