Then, within less than 24 hours, news outlets and everyone’s Facebook feeds exploded with divisive opinions on why this happened. Without even taking the time to fully process and grieve for the horrific acts as a culture, we immediately jumped straight to debating the cause and pointing fingers. While gun control debates following mass shootings are always divisive, it seems this debate has been particularly toxic.
This particular tragedy has sparked a shocking amount of finger pointing. Within days, there were articles blaming the incident on…
- Hillary Clinton
- Christians blamed by CNN contributor, ACLU attorney, gay activist, & NY professor
- Lack of gun control
- Gun free zones
The list goes on and on.
Should we really be surprised by this incident? Of course our hearts should be broken over the tragedy, but I’m not sure we should be surprised by tragedy. Human history repeating sends the message that mankind is cruel to fellow mankind. For all of the progress we’ve made as a species, we can’t overcome man’s inhumanity to man.
Even since I started writing this piece just a couple of days ago, another massacre occurred in Istanbul.
Living in a “civilized” culture gives us a false sense of security. It hides the true brutality and cruelty which lies within sinful hearts. These tragedies remind us of the damage and despair that sin brings.
Seth Godin talks about the changing dynamics in the world. We live in a world where everyone an have a microphone to an audience. You just need to find the people you can bring value to.
Seth Godin is a great thinker. In this video he explores why we do public education the way we do, and he explores some alternative models. I don’t necessarily agree with all of his conclusions, but it’s an important conversation to be had. Technology (and countless other factors) has radically transformed the world we live in. Do we have an education system which matched the world we live in? Is it possible to create an education system which prepares students for a world we can’t predict?
Seth Godin Ted Talk “STOP STEALING DREAMS”
SETH GODIN is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow. – Sethgodin.com
I honestly don’t mean to keep writing about abortion. The last few months have simply brought about a series of news stories worthy of commenting on.
Just in the last couple of weeks:
- Unedited video from National Abortion Federation’s annual banquet was released featuring video of the room belly laughing over a story of a doctor struggling through an abortion where an eye ball fell in her lap. That part is at 7:14 in the linked clip.
- A series of abortion ads are so controversial that YouTube, Google, and even Jezebel refuse to air them.
This week, Lena Dunham, who appears to be addicted to attention, made a shocking announcement, via her new publication the Lenny Letter, about her Halloween costume plans:
“The most successful Halloween costumes are classic but topical, sexy but funny, not too ugly and not too obscure, perfect conversation starters and ideal photo-ops… Still, I want to be accepted and to WIN BIG! And this year, I think I may have finally nailed it. I’m going as something newsy, sexy, and cool: a Planned Parenthood doctor!”
This comment was, of course, accompanied by a picture.
Recently, a series of pro-abortion ads have started to run in my Facebook feed. I’ve been struck by a few thoughts:
- What are they doing in my feed?
- Why are they so snarky?
- Who is their target audience?
The original video, which appeared in my Facebook feed (via a sponsored content), was titled, “Abortion Myth v. Facts.” The video runs through a series of abortion statistics that supposedly bust common myths in America about abortion. However, they don’t actually expose any real myths so much as simply make the case that abortion is common. There’s no real analysis of data or scientific research. All we get is a simple presentation about how abortion is common and legal. Therefore, we should, “end the pretending.”
I’m very intentional about calling them pro-abortion and not pro-choice for a reason. They aren’t advocating for a woman’s right to control medical decisions which involve her body, they are snarky pro-abortion ads. The tag line, “Let’s end the pretending. Abortion is a part of real life,” might as well say, “Abortion is legal! Suck it, pro-lifers!”