Nicholas Cruz is as much a human being as the people he murdered. Until we acknowledge, accept and become responsible for this reality, these abhorrent behaviors will certainly continue. To perpetuate the dehumanization of Nicholas Cruz as a killer, when this is certainly how he became capable of such inhuman action, is to justify our own denial of responsibility.
We kill each other, whether the voices in our heads are Gods, Demons, or our own consciousness. We have been finding reasons to kill each other since we evolved. We live in a world where Humanity - Who we are as people - has very little value. Our Humanness is eclipsed by power, productivity, and our fascination with ourselves.
The cycle of debate goes nowhere because how does change happen? Behavior first, thoughts second, emotions last. Change happens slowly, beginning with behavior, making small, hard choices. How many times have I justified looking the other way because I "didn't want to interfere"? How many times have I chosen inaction because "what's the point" or "it's not my place".
Small actions lead to bigger actions - each time I place my desire for praise, power, acceptance, and money over my own humanity I choose the instant gratification of ego stroke and illusion over the truth that We Are One, I succumb to the illusion of a temporary solution to a more permanent dilemma and I step away from my humanness.
How do we change the world? With one small, hard choice at a time.
Tend to your spirit - cultivate the courage to follow the wisdom of your heart by making the small daily choices to say yes to reality and no to illusion. Acknowledge our privilege and suffering and depravity as part of what we have become. Ask yourself what's important to you? How do you justify denying the reality of your spirit to feed the illusions that your mind builds?
By illusion I do not meant the reality of working for a living and caring for our families. The illusion is that the means (money) is anything more than a part of the means - one of the four aims of the soul:
Kama - Love/Community
Artha - Means
Moksha - Spiritual Freedom
Dharma - Purpose
When the pursuit of any one of these aims outweighs the others, the souls is lost, out of balance. How do we teach our children to pursue their fullest life without forgetting that Kama is one of the aims of the Souls? We need each other and in fact We Are One. There is no Other.
We are suffering from our own forgetfulness, we have forgotten who we are, we have forgotten that We Are One, the many ways that we dehumanize each other and create OTHERS leads to forgetting.
Yes - change the world we live in NOW - Restrict access to weapons and create realistic parameters that have worked in other areas (transportation) and be responsible for your deadly weapons.
To Change the world from the inside out - Remember who you are. Find your enemies within yourself so that you may forgive them and know that We Are One.