When does anger become a negative? Reflections on the Tucson Tragedy…Each one of us needs to do our part.Sunday, January 9th, 2011
As I reflect on yesterday’s tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona, I find it brings up for me many questions.Â How about you?Â Questions such as:
- Can incidents like this be prevented in the future?
- What is the true, full story of what led this young man, Jared Lee Loughner, to do what he did?
- How much was the ‘verbal political vitriol’ present in today’s world (and spread more widely/rapidly because ofÂ today’s technology, and practiced by some of today’s politicians and entertainment figures)Â part of the cause, if at all?
- Do we have a failed mental health and/or criminal justice system?
- How do we reconcile the issue of ‘freedom to carry guns’ with the need to provide some level of protection?
I do know this:Â all of us have an emotional ‘system’ if you will, that includes theÂ tool of anger.Â And,Â if we look at the issue of evolution, it’s true that today is a time where many of us are ‘catching up’ toÂ become more skilled in the healthy acknowledgement and expression of this important emotion.Â Â We can’t, for example, go out and punch someone for a verbal disagreement like some of our ancestors did.