By Robert A. Vella
Can you solve this sociological equation?
A (easy access to guns) + B (a highly competitive society) = C
Multiple choice answers:
- Gun violence.
- Mass shootings.
- Ruined lives.
- All of the above.
If you selected answer #5, you would be correct.
America is a highly competitive society where a winner-take-all philosophy has been ingrained into the culture. If a person doesn’t achieve greatness is some regard – the most successful businessman, the most beautiful model, the most talented athlete, or the most charismatic politician – then, they are seen as lesser individuals… not particularly important… not worthy of admiration… the ordinary substance of humanity. If a person should dare fail to achieve even the commonplace, they are labeled as losers… leaches… the wretched flotsam of mankind. America want heroes, icons, legends, and godly figures to worship. It is a land of grand illusions.
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