A dear friend of mine runs a composition class with a theme of monsters. In it she has the class go through and look at some common monsters, then expand the idea to other things. They've been very creative in how they approach the problem critically to define monsters as social ills, obsession with status, material gain, and other things.
In the wake of Newtown, I think it's time we acknowledge that there are truly monsters in the world. And we made them.
I'm not talking about guns.
We didn't intend to make them, didn't realize we were making them. They were not grown in Dr. Frankenstein's lab or on the Island of Dr. Moreau, but we still made them.
Then we turned blind eyes to the making of them.
I didn't know the shooter in Newtown, CT. I didn't know the shooter at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. I didn’t know the shooter in Aurora, CO. I don't think most people knew them, either. But I know that people are not born wanting to kill others. They're not born wanting to slaughter children.
We made them that way. Into monsters.
It's time to stop pointing fingers. Stop trying to patch the problem. Stop politicizing.
We need to make them human again.
We don't let them ever become monsters, and we stop the monsters.