I grew up in a suburb of Boston.
I know the streets of Boston.
I have Boston culture in my bones.
Every year, there are individual and organizational acts of terrorism. Every year all of us absorb a spectrum of thousands of people killed, maimed or traumatized. Some at 0 degrees of separation, some at distances too far to register.
I do not need to know why. I already know why.
I do not need to know about accomplices. I already know who.
I do not need to know how to prevent future occurrences. I already know how.
I did not need to see the bravery of service providers. I knew them already.
I know about crimes against humanity.
Acts designed to harm. Hurt.
I do not care about the motivation of the hurters.
There will always be hurters. Haters.
Blasts tear at our guts – our primal programming that reacts to the flash and sound and light and terror of explosives.
Boston tore at our guts.
West Texas tore at our guts.
Newtown, Aurora, Navy Yards, Fort Hood….Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon…
9/11 tore at our guts.
Airplane crashes, car crashes and shootouts grab our guts – our attention.
The Fourth of July celebrates explosions. Gut visceral fascination – stimulation.
Bombs + Hate = death.
Guns + Hate = death.
What I do care about is stopping hurters and murders.
But our language fails us. Holds us back.
We do not have a sufficient word or concept for decision-makers who prevent people from accessing health care and necessary services. Thousands of men, women, children and seniors die by their hand each year.
We do not have a sufficient word or concept for organizations that knowingly produce products that deliver absolutely avoidable harm. Thousands of men, women, children and seniors die by their hand each year.
We do not have a sufficient word or concept for organizations and decision-makers who believe Nurture, Equality, Truth and Systemic Support Systems are simply words – who cannot process the untold misery and harm and death that results from their inequalities and lies and failure to enable systemic Nurture to prevail.
We do not have a sufficient word or concept for a public that stands passively by while decision-makers try to protect their jobs and not the public – the men, women, children and seniors among us who will need protections, who DO desperately need protections NOW.
Lets take our intelligence and compassion and outrage and apply it to systemic acts of Nurture, Equality and Truth. There will still be death by hate or inattention or ignorance or greed. But no more should there be a place on earth where people can honestly believe that hate and violence, ignorance and greed, work better than NETS to achieve any objective other than harm to the commons.
Once a person or group is programmed and locked into hate, it becomes an immense struggle to reshape hate into NETS. One of the essential objectives of public education, one of the reasons public education is essential for a healthy society, is to teach people, young and old, about the greatest lesson of history – the story of hate, and about the nature of how we think and why. The only way to declare war on hate is to prevent it from becoming the accomplice to dogma, fear, ignorance and violence. Hate can be characterized as mental illness. Extreme anger can be characterized as mental illness. It causes only harm, is damaging to all, is preventable, and is curable. We must never tolerate hate, yet it is pervasive and regarded as an acceptable and appropriate reaction by many. Hate is not an acceptable reaction to Boston.
Hate kills the potential of everyone.