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I Don’t Want To Know Why | Orlando Shooting

When events like the Orlando shooting happen, the media always focuses on the ‘Why’ question. Why did the shooter do it? What were his motivations? I guess some people find that important and the information can have value to law enforcement in the prevention of other attacks.

However, knowing ‘Why’ just adds to the hate. Suddenly anyone mildly associated with the group or situation becomes suspect and ostracized. The last thing we need is more innocent people being discriminated against because of the religion they practice and the color of their skin.

What I feel is more important is the ‘How’ question. Not the type of gun and ammo used, not the details of the attack but rather how someone could murder innocent people. It renders me speechless and scares me to think that there are some people who absolutely don’t care about the lives and well-being of others.

How does someone get into a mind space where doing those things seems okay, right even? It’s becoming so common that the issue must be deeply seeded in society. It’s more than just a matter of gun control. It’s more than a matter of foreign policy. It’s more than a religious issue. At the very core this is a human issue. There is a flaw in the way we live—the way we treat others and the fix requires a complete re-wiring of our way of life.

The question we should be asking is, “How did we as a society allow this to happen?”

Until next time,


5 thoughts on “I Don’t Want To Know Why | Orlando Shooting

  1. I completely agree but at the same time would argue the two are very closely linked. The how we do something – the mental ability to do it – is often due to the why.
    In this case it’s sounding more like it is due to the patriarchal society we live in. How we got to this state? Little things that show people and make it ok for a man to believe that him being queer and others being queer is horrible and disgusting. When we have laws against queer people (over 200 bills in the US in just the last year) and let homophobic statements pass as just jokes. We need to start building a world of love around us and teaching people hate is not acceptable. Not when it’s pushed by the state, not when it’s joked about on tv, not when sly comments are made in school. Enough is enough.

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    1. I can definitely see how the two are related. I just wish that the mass media would focus more on the how and work to fix the problem. Instead though, they’re just making everything worse. We, as a people, need to be the change. We need to wake up and stop listening to mass media outlets that have their own agendas. We need to learn how to tolerate and accept things that are different. Enough is enough, I agree. ~K.D.

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      1. It’s because love doesn’t sell yet fear does 😦 & of course it fits into this whole agenda of keeping us hating each other so the few at the top can continue staying at the top. We’re too busy fighting each other to realise the injustices we face are interlinked and common 😦

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      2. A few things to keep in mind when looking at this problem with Mass Media News outlets. Basic structure of a news article – what, who, when, where, why and how. This structure has been upended by Mass Media technology innovation, which pushes up the speed of the transmission of information and the quantity of messages being sent. Most of the audience concentrates first on who was involved in the event (action) and the the time and place. Because the information is being sent out so quickly, even those reporting on it have little time for indepth analysis. So the report is fragmented and truncated.

        Only later will the analysis start to appear as more about the how and the who/what are revealed . Again competition to reach the largest audience as quickly as possible results in abbreviated/capsulized pieces (bits & bytes). A large portion of the audience now expects a quick simplified ( Trump style ) explanation and solution built on a strong initial emotional response, rather than an indepth detailed study of of a complex situation that involves multiple causes working in conjunction to create a dramatic event/situation.

        When various evaluations of the these complex problems are finally presented, the audience has lost interest because of cooling down of emotions and the lack of time and energy to personally absorb the required information & analysis.

        What we are seeing here is no different from how populations responded in the Roman Empire ( Bread & Circuses) or 1930s Germany ( orchestrated emotionally charged public events), all that has changed is the effectiveness of Mass Media technology to rapidly deliver huge quantities of information( not all of equal value ) to an ever larger mass of individuals.

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