Everyone needs to access the situation
I just hope that people remember that he is an American citizen and gets a fair trial as afforded by being so. When you start making exceptions to the rule regarding due process, it becomes quite easy to bend the rules for lesser crimes. If this were Adam Lanza would the narrative been different? A white kid from CT with no father figure. I think so. It may seem silly to call him a suspect but this is what makes America America - innocent until proven guilty no matter how obvious the guilt appears to be. Only when the majority of us lose this right will we realize, too late, our folly of blind vengeful retribution.
After travelling so much these last few months I’ve noticed something that most of us Americans are guilty of. Not living locally.
Let me explain.
For most people, we live ordinary, suburban lives in places like Kansas City, Louisville, Columbus, and Buffalo. We go to work, come home and veg in front of the sitcom of the day, and then after doing our evening and nightly rituals, we start the process over in 7 hours. Upon the arrival of Friday, we might hit up the local Chili’s for happy hour, spending the weekend doing whatever normal people do. Throughout this cycle I’ve noticed people pine for more interesting places. “Oh, I just want to move to LA.” “Or why can’t we have culture like New York City?” “Nothing is interesting about where we live.” To this, I say nonsense.
Our collective problem is that instead of looking around us, we are looking to other places for cultural salvation and stimulation. This is not to say that upon seeing a cool idea in Portland on a business trip we can’t say, “Why can’t we have a daily farmer’s market in Amarillo?” You can. And you might already have it, just not know that it exists.
When people visit New York or Chicago, many of them go to the theatre because they’re great theatre towns. And we should see Cats or Wicked or whatever, but I say let’s not leave this to vacations and special shangri-las. Your town has theatre. Hell, they might have a ballet, a symphony, an opera, a comedy club, and sometimes all of them. (Columbus, where I grew up have all of them!) But for some reason, hardly anyone goes. If you live in a small town, patronize your local theatre. Who knows, you might have the next Meryl Streep on stage.
Other places are blessed with different things that make them unique, but do a little searching and find what there is in your own hometown. And if you think your tiny city needs a farmers market every week, or an arts festival, talk with your neighbors, and start one! Even if you have terrible restaurants, or no restaurants, start a supper club with people in your area that are foodies. And today, with things like blogging, meetup.com, and other online resources, coming together is the easiest it’s ever been.
Start living locally.