Hucksters of “Healing”
July 19 was the one year anniversary of the diabolical killings in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. James Holmes, a depraved, mentally ill gunman, killed 12 innocent moviegoers and injured at least 70. Last December another very sick and evil young man, Adam Lanza, burst into an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, and using a variety of firearms, slaughtered 20 small children, 6 adults, injured dozens, and paralyzed that small community.
This past weekend, one year following the movie theater slayings, organized gatherings were held commemorating the Aurora, Newton, and Columbine High School (April 20, 1999) mass murders. These gatherings, some which were attended by survivors, and loved ones of murdered victims, have been portrayed as “healing” events for those touched by these recent horrors. But as beneficent as it sounds to create showcases of collective “healing,” such public displays–complete with remarks by politicians and agendas formulated by various advocacy groups–find their true purpose in chronically opening old wounds to revive political issues. In the cases of Aurora, Newton, and Columbine, the issue is gun control.
Survivors, loved ones, and people who are genuinely concerned about ending senseless and random violence populate these rallies and may believe that there is communal healing to be found. But the organizers of these events are often lobbyists or political activists who choose to exploit a vulnerable survivor community to further a political end. The world “healing” is tossed about as a rationale for holding ceaseless gatherings to keep the violent acts of criminals fresh in the public memory, but healing, ironically, is likely hampered by the political resurrection of past horrors. One example of this was the rally held by “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” on July 19, 2013 at Cherry Creek State Park in Colorado. Behind the facade of “healing and forgiveness” lies a national movement whose sole purpose is to use horrific criminal acts as a device to take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens.
Another broader outrage of these exploitative efforts is that the psychological “healing” process is portrayed something that can be achieved instantaneously, en mass simply because victims and their pandering champions assemble to brood over horrendous crimes. Collective healing is a myth of the modern media, a sumptuous hook for do-gooders and bleeding hearts. The fact that healing is an individual psychological, spiritual, and emotional process, gets lost in the perennial hullabaloo. Nations are not healed because charismatic politicians spout lofty promises to “do something” to prevent future atrocities. Communities are not healed by promotional affairs that rekindle past horrors. Emotional trauma caused by terrible violence and loss can only be healed through a complex and personal process, unique to each victim, and specific to the nature of each crime.
The Left is obsessed with collective action. Socialism, Liberalism, Progressivism, Marxism, Communism, Fascism; all thoughts and actions from the political Left are based on the idea that individuals are not autonomous, but bits of a collective whole. The Left’s economic and social models inevitably fail because they don’t acknowledge that society is composed of free agents, and free agents think, act, and respond as individuals, not as a function of some collective consciousness. The leftist model of government is one in which the individual lives to serve the “collective,” and the “collective” functions as the servant of the centralized government. Just as these fallacies break down when tried in the arena of reality and real-world commerce, so too do they fail in the realm of human psychology and emotional development. Healing does not take place collectively because there is no such thing as a human collective. There exist only individual spirits within sovereign souls.
Of late, when everything offered up by the media seems both gratuitous and disposable, momentous and “so last week,” healing comes cheap. Hucksters of all ilks; politicians, self-styled civil rights leaders, one-trick social activists–and in Aurora and Newton–gun control advocates, are cashing on the “healing” business. It is clear that, from the Aurora movie murders to the unfortunate George Zimmerman case, those who preach “healing” are simply exploiters using tragedy as a means to gain power and influence. It’s important for Americans to differentiate between political activities and healing. They are not the same and are rarely compatible.
by Marjorie Haun 7/22/13