Soul-searching time

04/14/2014 6:02 PM

04/14/2014 6:03 PM

“What’s in the news?” I asked my wife, a former teacher, when I saw her reading the Star-Telegram morning paper.

“Total mayhem,” she retorted. “The news makes me sick.”

She pointed to the article (May 10) about the 16-year-old who ran rampaging through his school knifing his fellow students.

When will it end?

Shootings in our schools caused educators to ask for alarm systems and security guards. They got them. And the sudden, disruptive violence continues.

Why do our students and our soldiers — some of the best we have — turn to destructive violence, totally ruining their own futures, carrying haunting memories in their minds forever? Are our systems too strict, rigid, insensitive? Or...?

It will take more than guns and raw force to solve this problem. It will require a deep soul-searching for all of us, as citizens of this rich and powerful nation, to see what is morally wrong about America.

Where is our wisdom, our compassion, our understanding? Why don’t our top psychiatrists speak out and help explain the complexities of the human soul that would drive an individual to such extremes?

Without wise school leaders and wise lawmakers, this may never end.

And that is enough to make us feel sick when we read such news.

— Don P. Adams, Arlington

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