by John Dairo, Ajuwon, Lagos, Nigeria
Anger is a natural emotion in response to pain experienced combined with anger-triggering thoughts which motivate to spontaneous action.
In the United States, school shooting is primarily caused by anger as a result of pain incurred from another person action. Bullying and revenge, mental illness or disorder, learning from history, learning from movie, lack of inner peace and moral duplicity are causes of school shooting in the United States.
The necessary remedies to eliminate those causes are radically discussed in this essay.
Demystifying the causes of school shooting in the U.S.
Bullying is something that has existed since the first caveman felt he was superior to another caveman. The bullying that exists in current day is far different than that which has existed for millennia. In the digital age, a bully has the ability to torture and humiliate someone but in the modern era a bully can also do so on social media for the world to see. Once something is posted on the internet it cannot truly be removed, further enhancing the torment.
If the person feels the whole world knows the spiteful things that has been said about him, an arouse emotion emanating from within would galvanize a dangerous revenge actions like the school shooting. This leads to a psychological perspective of a teen to do something wrong wholly since they are termed with the detrimental reputation. Thoughts of a life being ruined forever, as teens often view things, can mean the only option is to lash out by attacking the bullies and committing suicide to end the pain.
Mental illness is also one of the major causes of school shooting in the United States as some of the students are no longer in their right senses. Anxiety can lead to fears of the unknown as certain personality disorders and psychotic disorders. Mood and anxiety disorders can lead to feelings of hopelessness and feeling as though one is powerless to change what is wrong with ones life.
Mania can lead to a lack of control and impaired reasoning about an event or action. As a result, mental health issues can compound things and lead to a feeling that the only option is to lash out at the world or that the only way one can show others how he/she feels is to show them or make them feel the pain being felt.
The most serious mental illnesses, schizophrenia and depression, often become overt in adolescence. A boy who is smart enough to get into a good college becomes deluded, obsessed, he gets rejected, isolated and stuck in a fantasy world. Those fantasies can become lethal. These forms of mental illness are typically the source of homicide as they torment and demoralize the disturbed individual.
Society is morally bankrupt
We have created a society that is morally bankrupt, and the victims are our children who have lost faith in authority due to our moral duplicity. This is a cause of school shootings. Millions have been killed or made refugees in a war waged over oil that is causing global warming. Parents, many of whom are divorced, work day and night to make ends meet, unavailable to children, while pop culture sells unprecedented debauchery and violence to children daily.
In the United States, teens apply all what they learn in their immediate environment, classrooms and home. They are always anxious to practice all what they watch in movie. In sundry American movies, actors and actress perform active roles of anger and violence in revenge for the action done by their Nemesis. American children always watch these movies and they learn from it. Whenever an issue arises in school, even if they don’t want to react, a depraving hormone would catalyze their psychological mentality to fight back as they had earlier watched in various movies.
Human beings can be categorized according to their temperaments, like the Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Choleric, and Melancholic. The lack of understanding of these temperaments by the students make them to play prank with the choleric students, thereby leading to anger of the choleric students, then to violence such as the school shooting.
Also, many students lack the inner peace. They are not peaceful from within, how can students having no peace within them share peace with others? The issue of inner peace should not be taken with levity hands in schools today.
Remedies for the imminent menace
School shootings are the end result of year’s worth of inattention. The antidote to this would be attention. One cannot hope to eliminate the negatives of school life, so empowering the positives is the most rational course of action.
The same dispassionate learnedness with which we would assist a person with a dysfunctional limb in daily life could be a great replacement for the blind eye and primitive fear we have for people lacking the psychological mechanisms to handle stress.
I could not think of a better or, sadly, more generalized, approach to the phenomenon of school shootings, than educating the public about psychological mechanics, and teaching children the following behaviors: externally - acknowledging the loners, the failed joiners, and collectively fostering a beneficial environment. Internally – a hard-wired sense of empathy, allowing us to be psychologists to one another.
Before anything can happen, the answer must emanate from the mind: When the mind is controlled, then the world is controlled. The main emphasis of this magnum opus is the MIND.
Students need to have inner peace. Collaborating with the Goi Peace Foundation in order to teach students with inner peace problems would become a profitable panacea for the world.
Once the issue of the mind is addressed scrupulously, then school shooting would be abolished spontaneously.
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