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KarenA.Scofield [userpic]
Cultural Paradigm Shifts, Autism, and the Sandy Hook School Shooting

Cross posted here.


Obviously, this is a mental health issue. Mentally well people don't pick up arms and gun down kids, reportedly in black military fatigues. It's also not strictly, mostly, or always a gun control issue. See "Villager slashes 22 kids with knife at elementary school gates in China," a story also in today's news. Arming schools with massive security systems may not be the total solution either. Same goes for turning into a police state for our own protection. Malls, movie theaters, schools, fast food restaurants, places of employment -- shooters have struck all these places.

Instead of one on one confrontations, mentally ill individuals can take out a number of people at one time. They've used chemicals (See Sarin), biological agents (See Anthrax), poisoning (see the Tylenol Poisonings), guns, knives, bombs and who knows what else. That's what we're dealing with in the modern world. The mentally ill can attack many at a time now.

Obviously, we need to tend to gun control, security and other issues but we also need to start thinking more about what is preventative in a cradle to grave way...in a societal way...in ways that can't be entirely or mostly legislated or policed into being. Logic, emotional intelligence, imagination, our understanding of power, our understanding of love and reciprocal ethics...what is preventative in a way that can drop abuse rates of all kinds in modern societies? What is more on the damage control end of things and what is more preventative, often years earlier in life? We need to keep asking these and other questions. Gun control and beefed up security systems everywhere are on the damage control end of things. How do societies and/or individuals get so violent?

* Imagination's Role in Choices of Power and Equality (Goes into power wheels and power paradigms)
* Words and Concepts Build Power Paradigms Abusive or Egalitarian (We need to examine our words and watch our concepts because we are and power paradigms a collage of words, feelings, concepts, actions...)
* Reciprocity (What the Golden Rule has to do with equality and nonviolence)
* Love is... (What the different forms of love have to do with reciprocity)
* Autism as Wrong, Disease, Demonic or School Shooter for that matter (Because they're now pointing out that the Sandy Hook School Shooter, Adam Lanza, had a form of autism. A.S. ≠ Antisocial/Criminal)
* Autism Awareness and Egalitarianism -- What's in it for me?
* School or Mass Shooters (Ties into issues regarding power paradigms, makes the point that these shooters don't just snap one day. Their ugly finale was planned usually, daydreamed about...)
* Terrorism is a Tactic (Ties into issues regarding the power paradigms)
* Moral Panics and Witch Hunts (They create damages that can potentially take lives, devastate lives, and wound communities)
* Learned Empowerment (Imagination, power, "chunking" -- breaking things down into manageable steps/problems/solutions, and paradigm shifts)
* What's Our Greatest Resource? (Imagination, functional virtues, emotional intelligence, logic, and critical thinking ... informed solutions and informed paradigm shifts start with us. We are our greatest resource.)
* The Uncomfortable Topic of Fundamentalism and Behavioral Profiling (Puts an emphasis on things behavioral and emotional intelligences)
* Domestic Abuse and the Power Wheels
* Emotional Violence and the Culture War (Takes the idea of emotional violence to the cultural level because the 'drink we swim in' matters)
* Creedism Isn't a Word (Creedism, power, and reciprocity...equality)
* Community, Abuse, Shock, and Protecting Children (One look at the problem...)
* Cultural Slow Movements (One look at paradigm shifts and cultural solutions)

What the heck was that all about? How much do we really understand about our choices in logic, cultural answers, paradigm shifts, mental health and power (see the Power and Control and Equality power wheels)? What are our paradigms (world views), spoken and unspoken? How do we treat our neighbor (reciprocity, reciprocal ethics)? What do we understand about emotional and social intelligence, really? In ways that makes a difference in our world? What cultural paradigm shifts could also help drop abuse rates of all kinds and hopefully prevent more incidents like today's? What's our ramp of improvement, as it were?

I can't undo the violence of today's mass murderers, but maybe something can be done. Then maybe kids, parents, friends and loves don't have to die in incidents like this so often. We'll probably never stop all violence and suffering in the world but I bet there is a lot more we can do. We can learn and teach how to better be and think well.

It won't all come in a magic silver bullet approach. It won't come all from marrying the mental health industry to the pharmaceutical industry either (no, I'm not anti-medication). Or gun control. Or school, work, mall, theater, air port or other security. We have to better understand our choices of thought, power, emotion and logic. And our mental health options.

We are our best resource sometimes. We have to use the information we have and think in novel, applicable ways. That's what paradigm shifting for the better is about. We're in for a very long, involved, informed cultural paradigm shift.

Question and Answer Section

I may add additional portions to my answers here so that I may hyperlink to credible, applicable sites that support, expound upon or add to the discussion. Many comment sections, CNN's for example, don't presently seem to allow comments containing links to be published (they may get lost in "Your comment is waiting for moderation" land never to be seen).


kyew (on CNN comments) asks, "Is this some blog where you can control all of the comments and make it appear to be "informed" and decidedly leaning toward your political views?"


People from different world views (cultural, religious, political, ideological...) can show an interest in decreasing abuse rates and violence. They can accomplish that. That's what my blog entry is about.

Tip: To totally discount others not by the directional force of their purpose, decreasing abuse and violence, but by their political or other identity involves logic or thinking errors. See "15 Common Cognitive Distortions," "The Top 10 Types of 'Stinkin' Thinkin'" or False Dilemma logic errors. Also see "Individual/Pack Behavior" (video!) by Jaron Lanier.

Copyright Karen A. Scofield 2012. All rights reserved. Updated Dec. 16, 2012 with the addition of a Question and Answer Section. This page may be occasionally updated in the Question and Answer Section. Contact: sari0009 @ yahoo . com (take out the spaces). Depending on your approach, my day, and my duties before me, I may or may not answer.