So, what do we know about the cause of violence? The Columbine shooting has been studied in great detail. The studies show most of the supposed causes we know about aren’t realistic in this case. Solid proof we do not understand the cause of this shooting.
There is no demographic that characterizes the people committing violence. Politicians and agenda-driven media will try to tell you there is a profile. But, then tell us we can’t profile. More bureaucratic insanity. But, look at the studies.
So, more laws and more restrictions on who can own guns is pretty much rubbing ourselves with a live chicken. The cause of violence is unknown. But, there is a lot of speculation.
In the age of science and CSI, we have a hard time finding the cause of violence. We want solid proof, a fingerprint, a DNA match. Most are confounded by circumstantial evidence. But, the majority of murder cases are resolved based on circumstantial evidence.
So, while the transcendent nature of good and evil eludes most people. The empirical evidence (circumstantial) is overwhelming. Psychology and philosophy work with the ideas of good and evil. Biologists and evolutionists too try to explain the source of our ideas of good and evil. But, we have a hard time dealing with the ideas of and source of evil. We can’t agree on what it is or the cause.
So, we move toward a physical or mental defect or some cultural aberration to explain what we label evil. Phycologists try to understand why a Manson does what he did and what it is in his head that is broke. No good answers.
The Columbine killers fit none of the working models in use. The most accurate statement I’ve heard as to why is they just wanted to kill… someone, anyone. But, that doesn’t answer the ‘why’.
For religious people the Flip Wilson explanation is valid, the devil made me do it. For the scientific and secular-minded such an explanation doesn’t cut it. But, the scientific and secular-minded have yet to come up with an explanation that works or is reasonable.
As microbiology, information theory, new fossil records, and other scientific advances dismember the idea of Darwinian Evolution and a purely naturalistic world we have to look at the something else that has to be there for an explanation. Nothing we have to date provides the smoking gun for there is a God and His nemesis Satan. Information theory and DNA are the currently irrefutable evidence for some entity designing life. The key word being ‘currently’.
But, there is strong evidence something transcendent to physical human nature is at work. If we decide evil is some dark part of the human mind, we have the challenge of explaining the dichotomy of good and evil in humans and the apparent long-term trends and physically impossible coordination of good and evil groups. How is it that thousands of Jihadis decide to commit mass atrocities? How is it that Iranian and North Korean leaders come to plan to kill millions?
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