Editorial: Changing our society means we all join
As our nation mourns and questions another violent shooting incident of mass proportions, we offer a prayer for our society.
We need change. We are a developed country, a world-class leader on many fronts. We have the means of sustainability. When called upon, we are capable of providing aid in foreign lands as well as throughout our 50 states. Our military is capable many times over, yet we have no desire to be a world ruler.
Our nation has many positives. And for that, we are grateful.
Our society within this nation, however, has many concerns. By accounts reported thus far, the shooter in Monday’s tragedy at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., was suffering mentally. Whatever his trouble, or his intent, when he began shooting will be left to suggestion or opinion. He’s dead and we’re not going to be able to hear it from him.
We grieve for the families of victims, the 12 shot and eight others injured. Given so many people in such a small area, we’re thankful there were no more. One was too many.
We grieve also for the shooter’s family, including a mother who said Wednesday she’s glad her son can no longer do harm. We can’t imagine the emotions of Cathleen Alexis, but we can respect her apologies to the victims’ families. “My heart is broken,” she said. And we believe many times over.
Our society has evolved, and our patterns of behavior have changed. Things we once thought of as disrespectful have new meaning. At times, they’re selling points. Decorum and civility have lost precious ground.
And as a nation, despite the many ways we can help or provide power, these deficiencies weaken us greatly. Sadly, we can’t change the point we’ve reached.
There is optimism for the future. We can choose to create the standards by which we live, no matter the direction they go at present time. After all, there was a point before when they turned.
But we have to make the demand. And “we” has to include more of us. Laws and policies are part of an equation that is shaped by what we expect of ourselves and each other.
We’re praying for a better standard.