“Mass shootings normalize terror and create a traumatized population that views strangers with suspicion and fear.”-Ruth Ben-Ghiat
This is not the story I set out to write yesterday. But this is the story that came through my fingers. That line from Ruth prompted me to retell the story of my daughter’s graduation from Wellesley, which occurred three days after the Uvalde mass shooting. The story of a distraught mother nervously scanning the crowd, while trying to be emotionally present for her daughter’s big day.
In the cognitive war we find ourselves in, I would argue that the mass shootings are part of that war. If the mind is the battlefield and digital poison is radicalizing men to murder, then that is war.
Who will speak for the ghosts? I guess it’s up to all of us.
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