|"Throwing Stones Against the Sky", Tim Holmes|
What we fail to see is what psychologists like Carl Jung revealed 100 years ago: that people tend to project our shadow aspects into some likely target outside us, which then becomes our perpetual enemy. If we then kill them this shadow doesn't vanish like the victim's body but simply moves to the next likely figure. Thus entrapped, we become doomed to spend ourselves in a fruitless and violent spiral into oblivion. Once the pattern is recognized, it's clear to see that America is stuck in this fatal spiral. We will apparently exhaust our nation in a pointless slaughter of the carriers of our shadow.
But the cure is as simple as the trap: to recognize that the source of the shadow is inside us and can only be addressed by looking within. Meanwhile, if we were to talk to those who appear as our enemies as if they were human, we would discover that they are simply neighbors who, like us, crave a safe place to raise their families in peace. It is dialog, not guns, that bring lasting change. We should try it for once.