Lee Hulm

Lee Hulm

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, society pumps garbage into the heads of impressionables who have neither the mental capacity nor the physical maturity to handle the onslaught in a reasoned, rational manner.

Hence, consequential fantasies are prone to being acted out at the expense of innocents. The recent catastrophes in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, prove the point.

Rather than dealing with the cause and effect head on (social media, violent videos and movie fare appear largely untouchable), the knee-jerk reaction of politicians and pundits is always to attack the Second Amendment. That’s easily more convenient, you see, than is confronting the devil in the details —given our reluctance to look for answers from within.

Which brings to mind an apropos quote from Julius Caesar: “The fault, Dear Brutus, lies not in the stars but in ourselves ...” My translation? WHAT DRIVES PEOPLE TO THEIR DECISIONS AND ACTIONS IS THE HUMAN CONDITION MOLDED BY THE ENVIRONMENT WE OURSELVES CREATED. There it is — pure and (not so) simple! Own it or not!

Ask yourself this! Why didn’t the atrocities that are all too common nowadays repeat themselves with regularity in decades past? What’s changed exactly — relative to the means (really not much comparatively)? And the motive? Ah, there’s the rub — recognizing that today’s milieu (not to exclude education and politics) provides spurs aplenty to inhumane acts.

Hate speech, cyber bullying and rampant drug use are commonplace. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter addictions proliferate. Google and Yahoo are subversive. Tolerance and compassion are passe. Hollywood and the product it produces is valueless (blood and gore everywhere).

Neighborliness is outdated. Common sense has taken leave. In its entirety, it’s a societal evolution gone awry.

Many moons ago my Arizona cousin predicted with amazing clarity that the internet would become the pathway to civil discord — the tombstone marking the graves of crucial traditions put to untimely death, if you will. To this day he refuses to carry a cellphone — choosing personal control over the manner in which his day unfolds. Well, good for him.

In contrast, most of us lack the wherewithal (cognitive resources, not money) to chart our own course. Demanding immediate attention the smartphone rings or dings — whether we’re out to dinner, behind the wheel, at the grocery store, or even in the bathroom. Hour after hour we’re at its beck and call. Not a moment of uninterrupted peace. Ergo, our daily lives evolve accordingly.

Which hints of an altogether unhealthy dependency. Gone are the days when spending time in our own company was pleasing and rewarding in itself — sans the need to have others constantly propping us up and dictating our schedule. These days, however, privacy either by choice or circumstance spells trouble — given the smorgasbord of influential options at our fingertips.

Potential evildoers (not unlike those in Texas and Ohio) lurk at the junction of good and bad — literally leaving it up to society to decide which route they take!

In other news

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, “he said, she said,” is quickly becoming, “she said, he cringed and remained silent.” Another variation is, “she said, he apologized profusely and then resigned.”

Official Washington might have averted its gaze from the scourge of gun violence to focus on the unfolding impeachment drama surrounding President Donald Trump. But it’s been a deadly six weeks in cities and towns across America.

PAGE — Since you found it OK to name me in your Oct. 9 editorial, I find it fitting that I reply, particularly, since in the formation of your opinion piece, you never saw fit to interview the very person you quote. Had you taken the time and effort to do your job — that is, to get the facts…

Last week White House counsel Pat Cipollone notified leaders in the House of Representatives that the Trump administration will not “participate” in an impeachment investigation in any way.

A Jeb Bush tweet this week got me thinking about some of the ways our nasty partisan politics has been hurting our kids.

OK, look we started off with one whistleblower in the Donald Trump impeachment inquisition, excuse me, inquiry, but he or she is in hiding and keeping quiet about his or her reported association with one of the Democratic candidates for president. There is another problem, and that is that t…