Safety is on my mind.
Are there any “safe places” in which humans may live? Were there ever?
If someone asked me to describe the theme that characterizes my path in life, meaning the inner road that holds a “self” together; choices, decisions, preferences, I see a prey animal ( a rabbit is a good symbol) perpetually seeking safety or at least refuge. This image is ridiculous, not that it doesn’t express a truth: this “environmental circumstance” is true for every child, for every human, for every animal. The revelation is that my actions trend toward the opposite: intuition and rational observation both declare that there is no safety – so keep moving. Danger comes with standing still, both intellectually and psychologically. Survival skills are the result of survival.
Safety, is of course, a social illusion –
a stitching together of pretty nonsense – TV commercials are the perfect example – pretentious syrupy sermonizing; those 30-second pompous narratives, portraying obnoxious “masters of the universe” destinies: Myths.
The message is:
Today’s technological wizardry means never having to leave your gated and surveilled “bunker” thanks to a preemptive perimeter that “keeps out” predatory humans. Living spaces have become military outposts disguised as traditional homes. Everything you need or want can be delivered to your castle door. The truth is that the “wizardry” is the access point for modern predators.
This “vision” merely extends the 1950s post-war hope for perfection; a modest house, a new car, and a nearby shopping mall. New school buildings for all those new kids being made in new bedrooms and delivered in new and modern hospitals. The promise made was that,
Safety was never having to leave suburbia.
That illusion should have died a half century ago, with one of the first acts of terror perpetrated by an overlooked and ignored white male with an obsession over being powerless. In my mind, the shift in the idea of safety as a “white privilege” began with the assassination of president Kennedy. A barrier was broken; the shock was that some “nameless, faceless, nobody white guy” could murder Jack Kennedy – a “god” to many people; an American Emperor.
Wealth, power, privilege, status and the Secret Service could not protect the president from one nobody with a rifle.
Patterns can be so obvious. And yet the American NT Universe is still in denial. The very vulnerability of public schools to mass murder by “one nobody with a gun” fails to generate or motivate a recognition that there are no safe places; OUR CHOSEN LEADERS and We the People have guaranteed that there can not, and will not be any safe places.
Americans have actively and deliberately spent the previous 50-60 years glorifying violence, developing and manufacturing weapons of every conceivable type and destructive power, inflicting violence on foreign people and on our own citizens, and guaranteeing access to weapons, not only to every American citizen, (sane, dangerous, or unstable) but to every malicious crackpot on the face of the earth.
This stupidity is true mental illness.
Note below the “definition” of domestic terrorism, which does not actually include “young male” mass shooters.
FBI Policy and Guidelines
In accordance with U.S. counterterrorism policy, the FBI considers terrorists to be criminals. FBI efforts in countering terrorist threats are multifaceted. Information obtained through FBI investigations is analyzed and used to prevent terrorist activity and, whenever possible, to effect the arrest and prosecution of potential perpetrators. FBI investigations are initiated in accordance with the following guidelines:
- Domestic terrorism investigations are conducted in accordance with The Attorney General’s Guidelines on General Crimes, Racketeering Enterprise, and Terrorism Enterprise Investigations. These guidelines set forth the predication threshold and limits for investigations of U.S. persons who reside in the United States, who are not acting on behalf of a foreign power, and who may be conducting criminal activities in support of terrorist objectives.
- International terrorism investigations are conducted in accordance with The Attorney General Guidelines for FBI Foreign Intelligence Collection and Foreign Counterintelligence Investigations. These guidelines set forth the predication level and limits for investigating U.S. persons or foreign nationals in the United States who are targeting national security interests on behalf of a foreign power.
Although various Executive Orders, Presidential Decision Directives, and congressional statutes address the issue of terrorism, there is no single federal law specifically making terrorism a crime. Terrorists are arrested and convicted under existing criminal statutes. All suspected terrorists placed under arrest are provided access to legal counsel and normal judicial procedure, including Fifth Amendment guarantees.
There is no single, universally accepted, definition of terrorism. Terrorism is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).
This “definition” (political or social objectives as motivation) does not include young male CHILDREN who are seeking revenge, are mentally unstable, or otherwise determined to become infamous, and are failing to make the transition to adulthood. Psychological neoteny has pushed the acquisition of adult thought and behavior well into the 20s, 30s or never– for males and females. Little support, guidance or instruction on “how to become an adult Homo sapiens” is provided in American culture: THE MODEL presented to male children is that of a testosterone-fueled rage machine whose only “solution” to overwhelming feelings of powerlessness and impotence is to pick up a gun and shoot to kill…
The FBI further describes terrorism as either domestic or international, depending on the origin, base, and objectives of the terrorist organization. For the purpose of this report, the FBI will use the following definitions:
- Domestic terrorism is the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or Puerto Rico without foreign direction committed against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.
- International terrorism involves violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or any state, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or any state. These acts appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or affect the conduct of a government by assassination or kidnapping. International terrorist acts occur outside the United States or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to coerce or intimidate, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum.