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It was mentioned in one of the many articles yesterday, that the possibility existed that he 'joined' ISIS or Muslims or what-have-you - a political thing seems like a good possibility - thinking in terms of what I read about what his brother had said, that the change in him was of a recent nature - his brother supposing that the way he had been known by himself and others closer to him, was this just wasn't the way he had always been. Another card to lay down, another supposition to add.
My thoughts on that, honestly......
I think people really want to be able to chalk it up to an Islamic terrorist act because people can't face the fact that, like Australia, the worst shooting on home soil in American history is by a white American man who obviously liked his guns and just lost his shit and went beserk.
I'm not going to lecture or postulate on Australian gun laws vs American gun laws - there's plenty of people out there who can do a much better job than I. I'm also biaised as I was unfortunately caught up in the Strathfield plaza massacre that killed an acquaintance (Roberta Armtrong) and my friend's father (George Mavris -
who owned our hangout there - The Coffee Pot).
I worked for a real estate agency in the plaza owned by a family friend and literally ran for my 16 yo life, all the while trying to find my mother who was there doing some shopping https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strathfield_massacre. I'm biaised because I petitioned people to sign for a tighter gun law and garnered over 10,000 signatures with my friends which we presented at Parliament House. Sadly we had to wait another 4.5 years and watch the Port Arthur massacre unfold. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Arthur_massacre_(Australia).
Now, to get back to my point. I know Satan will skate to work before any American will give up their guns because - Second Amendment (which till 1980 was purely about militia's right to defend themselves post Civil War). But you gotta at least CONSIDER more effective restrictions. And I think the reason a lot of Americans (collectively, not speaking for any members here) so desperately want it to be a rabid, radical Muslim is because they don't want to think for one moment that maybe, their gun laws aren't infallible.
Just my 0.02, offered as an outsider who's seen shit go down on a smaller scale personally.
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FYI, I'm not one of those people who 'want' it to be a terrorist act. In this situation, I feel like Jack Webb - 'just the facts, ma'am' or whomever. I don't give a wt, what caused it, but like pretty much everybody else, want to know more about the why's and how's.
I've never been one to lose sight of the powers that be and how they are able and willing to use people, situations, 'facts' and cover up the whole truth with the ol' smoke n mirrors ... god knows what else. I've never been able to do that, and that's just me.
I'm sorry for what you had to go through.
Hi @BoatS ~ Wonderful responses from @karasti and @adamcrossley ~ There's always something more - different aspects that we don't take into consideration. One of those that crossed my mind, is that you're already a decent person, before you started meditating and other practices.
An evil person (if there is such a thing) wouldn't want to study Buddhism or meditate, etc. I figure the average person is a fairly decent human being already. We don't give ourselves credit at all or often, for being - for the most part - a caring, kind and considerate person.
Having and maintaining confidence (the real thing?) is a bit of a roller-coaster ride for most. That's what I believe, anyway. As @federica said, you're not alone - far from it.
A good woman/person will forgive you for being human.
I don't think that his thinking is all that different from the average person -- but MOST of us don't act on things like this. Most of us know better than to let these kinds of thoughts take hold. Thank god for small favors.
How many people over the years have I had conversations with about what the heck do they do with people in prison for heinous crimes (e.g. Manson) and supposedly (!) they 'study' them psychologically, and so on, but seemingly with little to show for it, little to nothing to gift / grace society for all this supposed, so-called study. Proof's in the pudding as they say.
All that sewage hidden underground - what to say...
Hi NB1 100. I don't exactly know what 'avici hell' means - although I looked up avici and in Japanese/Chinese, it means 'without waves'.
Who said - where did you hear or read that 'if someone teaches wrong view ... that person will be reborn in avici hell?
Maybe 'teaches wrong view' simply means to be a bad example.