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January 21, 2013

Think About It: Lessons Learned?

A couple of lessons have been learned, sadly, over the past month or so: Lesson #1: when something seems too good to be true, it often is. Whether it's a sales deal that requires you to read the fine print, a web or direct marketing come-on, or an avatar girlfriend that you apparently connect with solely through cyber-space and cell phone calls, be skeptical. There are bad and devious people out there, just looking to make a buck or enhance their own sorry lives, so do your homework, ask questions, and maintain your sanity. 

Lesson #2: we have apparently become rather desensitized to violence in this country. When 12 high school students and a teacher were killed in 1999 at Colorado's Columbine High School, that was tragic. When 29 college and graduate students and three professors were gunned down at Virginia Tech in 2007, that was horrible. But apparently it took the stunning murder of 20 little children and six adults in a Connecticut elementary school last month to get people to say we need to discuss guns in America. Really? Were we numb, scared, or blind to the need for at least a serious discussion after the incidents in Colorado or Virginia or after the movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colorado? Better mental health services and training? Armed guards at every school? Who's going to pay for that when social services and police forces continue to get chopped by cash-strapped municipalities?

We have the right to free speech in this country (that right is chronologically listed before the right to bear arms), but you can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater or use dirty language on broadcast TV. We earn a license to drive a car, but you can't go 90 miles-per-hour. Can we really have a civil discussion and look at reality in 2013 as it relates to freedom on the internet and its costs and the relative freedom of gun ownership? Or do we want to just accept that that's the way things go sometimes in a democracy; ho-hum, pass the chips and dip. Think about it…

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