JoAnn and I are much saddened to hear about the carnage in Las Vegas, and our hearts go out to those who have lost friends and loved ones, to those who are fighting for their lives in hospital and to those who were traumatized by what happened and had their lives changed forever in an instant.
At the same time, it is heart-warming to see the massive outpouring of love and countless selfless acts of support coming from everyone around.
We are also saddened by what we hear on the news from Trump and other leaders calling the shooter ‘a despicable human being,’ or the ‘epitome of evil,’ and other crowd-pleasing, ugly epithets when they know nothing about him, have no idea what mental state he was in at the time or what kind of pain he was suffering.
Sane people don’t do the kind of things he did.
Though what he did was despicable, he was not evil or a despicable human being. He was a poor deranged human being who was out of his mind. It happens.
Unfortunately, in this case, as in several others that people have not forgotten but prefer to ignore, he had plenty of guns and ammunition at his disposal to make it happen in a spectacular way.
It is clear that American culture has decided it is worth sacrificing thousands of lives taken by gunfire every year in exchange for having it be really easy for anyone who wants to express their pain in that way to buy any type of gun they want at any time they want.
It’s their right to make that choice, and this latest mass shooting won’t change anything in that regard, so get over it. They love their guns. Period.
While the police look for clues as to his motives and have found none so far, it surely will be obvious to people who understand how emotional pain is transferred at a very subconscious level from one generation to the next, that it is highly likely that if he is not himself a psychopath like his father, then he was almost certainly acting out his father’s pain and anger having taken it on as his own.
In a perverted sort of way, maybe he even thought he was doing this as a way to heal his father.
I don’t know whether that’s true or not, but in our work with Radical Forgiveness, we have seen some extraordinary examples of people subconsciously doing some pretty weird things as a way of healing generational pain, in some cases from many generations past. It’s not at all unusual. Are you acting out someone else’s pain? Think about it.
We may have missed it, being on the other side of the pond, but we have not heard, either, anyone expressing compassion for his family and having empathy for what pain they will have to bear for the rest of their lives because of what he did.
What does it do to their minds to hear the President of the United States call their brother and son the epitome of evil and a despicable human being? Trump of all people! The mirror speaks loudly. To you as well, of course. Me too.
For all that, we still weep for those who were the losers in this event. JoAnn and I have done a Radical Transformation Worksheet in order to send healing energy from afar, in order to keep trusting that the hand of God was in there somewhere and that everything was and is in Divine order.
From the other side of the pond,
Colin and JoAnn