It all happened in a blur. In a crowded mall, surrounded by hundreds of people, a couple days before Christmas. No one expected it. 4:28 PM, gunshots are fired. Everyone in the mall panics. Everyone is running in different directions, trying to make it out alive. Right when I think I made it out, hear the loudest noise I have ever heard. I scream as I feel the most excruciating pain when a bullet pierces through my skin. I fall to the floor, bleeding.
I first want to express my condolences for all the victims and families of the recent shooting in Florida as well as all other innocent lives that have been taken by shootings in the past. Many people I speak with seem to become desensitized to these heinous acts of violence as they continue to happen all too often.
17 people needlessly shot dead at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. It certainly feels the same. So does the immediate, angry response that implores change. But determined high school students standing and demanding a 360 seems different. “Shame on You,” sounds like a rallying cry that has legs and certainly felt that way when Erin Fuller took the mic in front of Republican Headquarters in White Plains. In front of about 250 people, she let it be known that letting the NRA walk all over her (or anyone else) is not an option anymore.
Ritual human sacrifice has played a wide range of roles in history. Some cultures have believed that a god would simply trade favors for an offering. Some cultures dispatched their offerings as messengers, to carry requests into the afterlife addressing a god or gods directly. The Druids performed ritual human sacrifices as part of divination ritual. In any case, these examples describe a moral system wherein the religious needs of the group outweigh the value of human life. A victory over a neighboring tribe, a bountiful harvest later on in the year, or the successful births of enough babies to keep the group populated all necessary at any cost.