Tuesday, January 1, 2013
One way to look at how we've come to a place in our culture where Sandyhook can happen:
"In indigenous cultures, for men, the first initiations are: the initiation into the force and the sharpness and the ferocity of things which we'll call the Sword- something that penetrates and divides things- which was often a warrior initiation. And, at the same time there has to be an initiation into the part of the soul that is aimed at Beauty. Both things have to happen. If only the initiation into force happens then the end result will be brutality. If the culture only assigns, especially to young men, the capacity for force the result will be not only brutality, but sadism in the extreme."
Michael Meade, mythologist, story-teller
Michael Meade was talking about the propensity for violence by our young men- encouraged by our culture, condoned by our military, in 1992. Long before Sandyhook, the Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine and all the rest. Maybe its time we take a closer look at ourselves, our culture.