BROKEN

Did you know that when you break a bone, if it is re-set properly, protected in a cast or sling, and given the rest and TLC it needs, that broken part of the bone will repair itself and be exponentially stronger than the undamaged bone?

I think this might also be true for people when they suffer an emotional injury of some kind. Whatever the trauma or ‘break’ we have suffered, and whenever that hurt happened, I believe there is a way to heal.

On an interpersonal level, I’ve learned that the best, and most complete, healing comes with a free flow of  love.

I wonder if this same healing process is possible for ‘breaks’ in society.

Since the  Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting, I feel like the obvious brokenness in America that has allowed school shootings to become almost commonplace, although always unspeakably tragic, has finally reached a tipping  point.

Thanks to the outcry from students, parents, teachers, and millions of others, in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, it feels like maybe, this time, we might have a chance to address the broken parts in our society to ensure that our kids won’t have to be scared to go to school everyday.

It is remarkable what is happening in people’s homes, in communities, in state and local legislatures. More and more companies are standing up and saying “Never again!” A beautiful chorus of voices, as well as hands, hearts, spirits and  minds, are rising up out of the anguish and the tears.

In short, people are coming together in an effort to solve the problem of school shootings in America.

While I’m happy to see that the American people, some U.S. corporations, and a rising number of state and local governments are starting to take action on the issue of gun control, there is something that still worries me…

I wonder if the ‘gun problem’ is a symptom of a bigger issue.

I can’t help thinking that the preponderance of guns in America suggests a deep feeling of insecurity and lack of safety (perhaps both physical AND emotional).

The people who engage in these heinous acts of domestic terrorism typically suffer with anxiety, depression, and an obvious mental ‘break’ that leads to too many instances of human carnage.

So how did we get here?

What is going on in American society that has pushed so many people to the breaking point? Our suicide rate is on the rise. The number of people addicted to opioids has become an American crisis. Our populace is undeniably distraught and depressed.

In a recent Wall Street Journal feature, Princeton professors Anne Case and Nobel-prize winning economist, Angus Deaton, share research that suggests the rise in deaths of despair stem from a failure of spiritual/social life, the breakdown of families, and the deterioration of social bonds in America.

If that is true, does it follow that we might be able to turn things around by rebuilding the connection and community that we are so sorely missing?

Is faith and family a good starting point?

Are there other ways you can think of that might help us fix what is broken in America?

Please tell me what you think. I will do a follow up to this post that includes your thoughts, insights and inspiration.

I can’t wait to hear what you think!

With love and light,

 

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