Evil Is Everywhere:
Evil is everywhere. Evil is not a left issue, nor is it a right issue. Evil just is. Americans who have not been in the military or law enforcement struggle with placing blame on someone or something when evil happens. It is a normal reaction, to make ourselves feel safer, feel better about the world in which we live, and to try to attach logic to the illogical. People were shot and killed in the weeks leading up to the shooting in Tucson and the nation did not react. Why? Because they were shot and killed in robberies, gang rivalries, domestic violence attacks and any number of things we can rationalize. Since the shooting there have been plenty of shootings, but once again, we ignored them because they fit nicely into what we call “normal”. Really? Normal violence? Yes. We expect violence, certain types of it, but random acts of violence, that don’t appear to be attached to some root cause throws us into turmoil. Once again, evil is everywhere.
America, I implore you to accept evil for what it is, the manifestation of someone’s disoriented and often times delusion thought process. When we cannot wrap our minds around an evil act, it is because we are not evil ourselves. Consider it a blessing. I do. I have seen evil people do evil things. I have witnessed people talk someone into killing themselves, and then try to stop rescue efforts to save that person. I have seen the evil of murder, rape, child molestation and unexplainable acts of derangement so vile I will not go into them here. I have learned that evil just is. Sometimes it is a good person doing an evil deed, sometimes it is an evil person doing an evil deed and sometimes evil happens and the cover up makes it profoundly evil. But, none of that matters, if we accept that evil is and we cannot control it.
We can become more aware of our surroundings, more aware of the people around us and we can be mentally prepared to act if evil appears at the door. We should not live in a state of paranoia, nor should we be oblivious to everything around us, we must find the courage and the balance to be prepared. People who survive traumatic injuries and events are the ones mentally prepared for such an occasion. When I walk out my front door, my training allows me to have a plan to kill everyone I meet, and to consider it a good day when I don’t have to. Your level of awareness may never approach that, but you should have a plan of what you will do if car jacked or robbed alone and/or with your family. But, more importantly, you must understand the aftermath of a traumatic situation.
Whether your traumatic incident is coming home to find your home burglarized or walking out of a grocery store while a shooting is in progress in the parking lot, or somewhere in between, your life will never be the same. You should always return to “normal”, whatever that is, as soon as possible. But, recognize that it will be a new “normal” as you can never go back to the previous normal. As you settle back into your routines talk to those in your life who went through this event with you and let them know it is okay to feel out of sorts, explain that life will become normal again, just a new normal, as you will be more aware.
When initially confronted with evil, you will be compelled to act or flee. This is called the “flight or fight” syndrome. We all go through it. First responders become instinctive in running towards danger, while most people go the other direction. There is no shame in either. The world needs first responders, to stop evil and the world needs people who will live to fight another day.
When the wolf howls at the door, when you see the glint of steel in the muggers hand, when evil enters your world, be mentally prepared for it and for what comes after. Know that life will return to normal, just a new normal. It is okay. One of life’s greatest lessons comes from “Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy”: Don’t Panic! Don’t change how you live, you change what you do, don’t let Congress take your liberty and freedom because they cannot make sense of what happened, or because they will use America’s fear, to take their freedom. Live free. Be happy. Die free. All the rest is just window dressing.