Why Waco 4/19/93 OK City 4/19/95 Columbine 4/20/99 Virginia Tech 4/16/07 and countless others like Jonesboro AR, Springfield OR, Littleton CO, Lake Worth FL, Santee and El Cajon CA, Red Lake MN?
America springs eternal? Aggression in springtime is a pathological self annihilation instinct usually counterproductive in today’s world unless channeled positively. Desperation, isolation contributes. Moral outrage and unusually high standards of self versus others common. More typical in individuals within societies where state violence is accepted and personal violence is condemned.
The US’ disproportionately large number of such cases since the early ’90s is partially a consequence of the fall of the Soviet Union and the final ascension to world dominance by the US since WWII. The abolition of the draft and the transformation of the US Army after Vietnam as well as the apparent successes of organization such as the CIA to act unilaterally across the globe contributed to the global psychoses of the American psyche.
As violence receded from our everyday lives under Regan in the 80’s the US government began to understand how to best to manipulate the media as well as the products we buy and sell. The Regan and Clinton miracles of economics, while opening world markets, creating inconceivable amounts of wealth, have at the same time each occurred at the expense of the American taxpayer and worker. Instead, now we’re just consumers.
The vast majority of Americans have been or soon will be essentially leveraged by birth into the society. While generally a good thing to be born in America rather than 90% of the world, there is a responsibility, a complicity involved in taking part in life in America today. It is a rejection of this ethos which results in acts of mass violence by an individual. In an immoral world the moral individual cannot survive.
Springtime… the natural rhythm of life. Ancient impulses in culture and instinctive needs to die and be born again. The choice implied by Easter to accept or reject this life is too great a question for some to bear. In a society ignorant of the history, current events, and the world at large, we do not know what we eat, what we drink, or what we breathe. Americans have completely given up control of their lives to their government and the global industrial complex of private wealth. Control and power, given or taken away are categories incompatible with the idea of morality. Normally, we may find ways to rationalize the ethics of American life in the 21st century; but a full moral understanding of the world can only move one to act. For those with a predominantly moral sense of the world on either side there are cases of extreme goodness and evil.
Morality implies conscious acceptance or rejection of what you understand to be the conditions you experience. As activity returns with the spring some people due to their moral understanding of living in post 1976 America cannot take it. It’s a massively fucked up world and some people just can’t accept it.