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December 24, 2012

Response: Positivity in messaging after a massacre

I will stand behind this entry in an attempt to also spread a message. As a person who also identifies as non-Christian, I do believe that there needs to be an emphasis of values and morals taught in our schools. I also think it’s important to teach theological literacy so that our future generation can be trained to identifiy absolutist ideas. Historically, Christianity has been infamous for being one of the major sources for group think due to its absolutism and dominating trait of encouraging hegemony.

I believe the source of the public’s frustration with Mike Huckabee is that he is a Christian public figure that is continuing the trend of spreading the message of a specific faith that has for centuries taken the religious freedoms of others by setting up a spiritual heirarchy in this world. Perhaps if the definition of God is described as something that places individual humans as an interconnected species that perform as a some kind of functioning unit that carries out some sort of positive action, I could see where Huckabee’s words could come in handy. But,when it comes to a man who interprets something as powerful as the ‘Word’ like Mike Huckabee, I think we should emphasize his lack of framing in his messaging for an audience (most likely largely Christian) that may be emotionally charged and angry. Though there isn’t an excuse for the attacker, there is still a noticeable process of dehumanization in the form of deamonizing and isolating the person, or types of individuals. This only seems to hide the problems we face as a society.

I believe that the problems are related to how we view other individuals.  I believe this kind of violence is patterned around violence that occurs due to neglect or isolation. Some of the prevention could look like educating our youth and communities about communication in advocacy, conflict resolution, and in a country where guns are considered a right—gun awareness and training.

Taking in Permacultural principals like Observing and interacting, applying self-regulation, and integrating rather than segragating.

In observing and interacting we can prepare for potential events. Adam Lanza, in the news, had often been described as being a troubled recluse. Without the acknowledgement and support of community members, there hadn’t seemed to have been a chance to prevent future conflict.

Applying self-regulation could be utilized to help us reflect how we contribute to the lives that we share with people in our local societies. How do we treat each other? How do we think of each other? Where do we place ourselves in accordance?

Integrating rather than segragating is important in prevention because it is inclusive. Inclusivity provides opportunities to participate in working as a contributing member that works to complete a function(s). This is where observing and interacting are great tools. A community gathering place or a church (before this word was taken for 100% for religious use) is a wonderful example of including friends and family.

The solution for these kinds of issues can only stem from the knowledge we collect from when we are actively involved in each other. Inclusivity starts when we start questioning how our personal values can bring positivity. In this case, the chances of survival for the human race. We must observe and interact with the surroundings that we share. We must look at ourselves to see how our actions could impact others. And we must integrate in order share our experiences in dealing with inter and intra conflicts.

Permaculture is an example of thinking outside the womb of absolutist thought in describing what is missing from our educational institutions. This kind of thought must be encouraged so that the origin of information can be more willingly criticized and changed. This is a time for ideological change. What happened to 26 innocent victims at Sandy Hook Elementary should remind us that we need to make these necessary changes not just for ourselves but for the people that hold our future, our children.

 

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I sorta agree with Mike Huckabee.  There, I said it.

If you haven’t already heard, former Presidential candidate and current Fox News personality Mike Huckabee caused a minor uproar for some comments he made last week in response to the shooting in Newtown, CT.

Appearing on Fox News, Huckabee said that part of the reason for the violence in our school systems is that we have “systematically removed God from our schools.”

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And, understandably, many people came out and criticized him for making such comments.

But I sort of agree with Huckabee.  Sort of.

I’ve been struggling with this for a few days and I recently saw a post from a Facebook friend expressing similar thoughts, so I thought I’d put mine down on paper (also known as a laptop) to see if I can make more sense of it.  So hear me out.

Huckabee went on to say that…

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