Why Did He Do It?

Still, now weeks later, authorities in Las Vegas have no idea why a man (again) murdered at least 59 and wounded close to 600 people who were listening to Country and Western Music in a park there.

In my last blog I wrote that we take part in music events to make connections to mitigate separation. Perhaps he objected to that and decided to stop it. I don’t know.

Also in my last blog I quoted two writers who give us insights into violent behavior. The first was Andrew Brown who told about a Swedish white supremacist who murdered school teachers and children.

Brown described the man’s mind set this way.

There is… the question that echoes at the edge of hearing, which has to do with the opaque banality of his life: the sense that beneath all the social explanations, and even the psychological ones, there is just a blank. *

I don’t believe that the Las Vega murderer ever considered that that this world is an illusion. I read that he was a successful and habitual gambler, and had a lucrative real estate business. His brother, with who he was not close, was astounded. He sent his one woman acquaintance away to the Philippians. His “blank” was, “the opaque banality of his life.”

This insight by Costica Bradaten in, Why and how we fail,* also in my last blog, gives us another clue.

Atavistic as it may be… we still find nothing worse than to be left out, all alone, the one in the corner no one talks to. There can hardly be a harsher predicament than to belong to no tribe ─ reclaimed by none, exposed to all ─ and therefore doomed to perdition.

I think the Las Vegas shooter came to view his life as Bradaten describes. To what and to whom did he belong?      There was ─ “just a blank.”

I wrote this in my last blog about separation.

…alone, living this way, too many among us behave in unsolvable ways; finding a seeming permanent individual solution for their “blank” illusory separation.

I submit that the prolific gun owner chose some of those weapons to find what he thought would be a lasting way to solve the blank emptiness of his life.

How can thoughts in A Course in Miracles help with this? The first sentence from new Lord’s Prayer surely will.

Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter.

Our illusions make this insane world. In Heaven there are no illusions. When we accept those thoughts the blank is filled by reminding us that Heaven is our true reality. Thus we are never “alone.”

*Published in The Browser, 9/21/17
* Published in The Browser, 9/24/2017
* Found at the very end of Text Chapter 16.