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MadSatyristSat Oct-14-17 05:11 AM
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"There's a reason why we want there to be a "reason"."
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Edited on Sat Oct-14-17 05:13 AM by MadSatyrist


If we can point to a "difference" between ourselves and this killer, we can feel secure that we won't ever do what he has done.

The fact is, we all share a very savage heritage. Killing is part of us. And modern weapons make it possible for one to kill many.

Back in 1967, Robert Hammer and Gene Coon wrote the Star Trek episode "A Taste of Armageddon". In that episode, Kirk makes the statement "We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands, but we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers, but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes. Knowing that we won't kill today."

I've always considered that to be the essence of civilization. We have to know that we won't kill today.

Paddock simply decided that he would kill. He would release his frustrations by killing as many as possible.

And we seek this "difference" because we don't want to be like him.

There are tens of millions of people with brain tumors who didn't attempt to shoot into a crowd. There are millions upon millions of people who are poorly socialized or who have been bullied or who have been injured by another - and do not kill.

We don't want to be like the killers. And we aren't. But the difference is simply that we decided not to kill today.

That's not comforting, and it's not what most of us want to hear.

But if it wasn't true, the world's militaries could not exist.


Delusions, errors and lies are like huge, gaudy vessels, the rafters of which are rotten and worm-eaten, and those who embark in them are fated to be shipwrecked. Buddha


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Update on Brad Powers ( my relative shot in Vegas) [View all] , Grannyc, Fri Oct-13-17 11:43 AM
I'm sorry he's in pain. Glad to hear he is progressing. , DavidLind, Oct-13-17 06:06 PM, #1
I wonder if the shooter was actually dying of an incurable, Grannyc, Oct-13-17 07:47 PM, #2
      I think his autopsy has already come back clear. , DavidLind, Oct-14-17 01:13 AM, #3
           There's a reason why we want there to be a "reason"., MadSatyrist, Oct-14-17 05:11 AM #5
                Thank you for the Star Trek reference. , DavidLind, Oct-14-17 05:37 AM, #6
RE: Update on Brad Powers ( my relative shot in Vegas), MadSatyrist, Oct-14-17 04:51 AM, #4
New update - Sunday - It's looking good!, Grannyc, Oct-15-17 11:44 AM, #7
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