A young man walks into a Newtown grade school and murders 20 children with a rifle and then commits suicide. Not only do I determine he was angry, jealous, lonely and a wretch who acted out in profound dispair; I must also establish that he was a coward. He was a sick and reprobate man who never learned what was required of a responsible adult in a real world and certainly never understood a consequence for imoral behavior.
Where in the world did the adults go? Who were the stewards of this man's character? I suspect that, like many, he was abandoned, cast away and perhaps medicated by adults too busy to be bothered, and clueless on how to bring discipline to a young troubled man as he entered into adulthood. No one taught him how to be a man. These are the same adults who now wring their hands without a notion about the answer to such a tragedy. This, I fear, is now our culture.
As "The blood of his brother cried out to God from the ground", we observe that Cain acted out, in rage, from the darkness of an evil heart and he did this of his own free will. This is sobering. The idea that humans have the capacity to murder, to lie, to steal, to be jealous of others success, and to act out willfully, is far reaching. But this is hardly a new revelation. The question is how is one to fix the dark heart?
As the years pass, I am less surprised at the brutality of humanity. It seems that we learn early to mock the weak and the different. And often, as we observe our own depravity, we act and "take it out" on others so we can feel better about ourselves.The human heart needs discipline, it needs a morality and it needs to observe that the adults who have gone before have an answer for the Cain's in this world.
Modern society no longer agrees upon a transcendent moral standard from which we all measure the actions of our lives. It has been replaced by a weird moral relativism that changes at the whim of political power. The adult no longer has confidence in what is understood to be right ... it keeps changing ... and so our observant youth act out in confusion, sometimes in tragic fashion.
Now, we all stand around and point to the rifle and proudly proclaim that this inanimate object is the cause of our woes. Well ... I mock that.
In 1994 in space of about 100 days, upward of 800,000 Rwandans were murdered primarily by the Machete. You see, reprobate humans don't need a rifle for an excuse to kill each other. If you take the rifle, they will use the knife, if you take the knife they will use the hand, that's what they do.
If you think about it, there is only one answer to this tragedy. The real adults, the few who remain, need to stand up and tell the clueless to step off ... and actually mean it.