JKhedrup wrote:I agree of course but identifying the primary cause is a rather lofty aspiration here. There are so many factors that are coming together: lack of mental health care, gun control, violence in entertainment, measures to protect children etc.
lowlydog wrote:Mentally ill is a very vague term.
Someone who spends all day long working at a job that causes harm to others, owns a huge property or properties and fences them off for their own personal use, hoards wealth for security, and thinks that toting a gun is a right, is mentally ill in my opinion.
Anyone on or striving towards this path IS mentally ill, but the majority of society gives them all the power, and they have most of the big guns, and they certainly don't see themselves as mentally ill, and we usually brand them as successful.
Until one finds and starts practicing the Dharma they will not be aware of the harm their actions cause to others and most importantly to themselves, they are ALL ignorant of this, and therefore are deserving of our forgiveness and compassion.
What tortures was this poor twenty year old kid enduring to think that killing his mother, father and children would cure. After doing this horrible deed and realising that it was unsatisfying he then turned the gun on himself for what he probably felt was the final escape. Now humanity will have to endure this mind in its new form.
Compassion for this young man compassion for those who do not see their ignorance compassion for tyrants compassion to all those enduring the depths of hell
Metta to those young babies I hope they passed quickly and with calm balanced minds, I wish them favorable rebirths. Metta to the parents of those children who suffered and who will suffer
because of this tragedy your work has just begun. Metta to all living beings in the universe may all being come in contact with the dharma and experience real peace and happyness.
JKhedrup wrote:There also needs to be a conversation about mental health care.
JKhedrup wrote:Perhaps you are right. Something about the way modern society is operating makes mental health care more of a necessity.
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