A psychologist offering advice in a time of school shootings advised parents to “Reassure the children that adults are there to take care of them.”
But they AREN’T! That is the problem. Adult politicians with their priorities frozen have proven that they are married to the NRA no matter what happens to children. Many adult politicians go into denial about murderers and their guns and instead talk on about mental health without a word about getting military assault weapons off the streets.
Three days after the slaughter of children in Uvaldo, Texas, before the childrens’ bodies were even buried, NRA holds a gathering. Texan senator Ted Cruz spoke there and offered his solution to gun violence–purchase more guns—this time for teachers. Nothing about limiting assault weapons available everywhere. (Ted Cruz has accepted over $450,000 in donations from NRA over the years.)
Many politicians are clearly not there to take care of the children. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who has received over $350,000 of donations from the NRA over the years, responded to the Texas massacre by criticizing the Miami basketball team for running an announcement to ban assault weapons!
Neither are senators McConnell, or Governor Abbot or 47 other senators there to take care of the children. They are there to coddle and love the NRA for the sake of their adult ambitions. They have made that abundantly clear. Their one priority is that money not cease flowing into their political coffers.
Texas police—all supposedly adults—are being caught in lie after lie about why they did nothing for 40 minutes while the killer was alone in a classroom and there were 19 of them and one of him.
Adultism reigns when adult agendas—”keep me as senator,” “keep me as police chief”–prevail over children’s lives.
Would banning assault weapons help? When America banned such weapons in 1994, shooting deaths fell by 43% in the country. When the ban was lifted ten years later, killings increased by 243%! So it seems like politicians can offer more than “thoughts and prayers” after all–if they choose to. But those in idolatrous relationships with the NRA do not choose to do so.
The health of Mother Earth is another case of adultism. There too many politicians prefer to turn their backs on children and on future generations to surrendering their cozy relationship to the fossil fuel industry that awards them as generously as does the NRA.
The Earth is a children’s issue since they live on it too and might one day have their own children to do the same. But many are the politicians selling out the future of the Earth for the sake of filling their current political coffers. Adultism compounded.
In contrast, Jesus said, “do it to the least and you do it to me.” He also advised adults to “turn and become like children.”
I think he sensed the sacredness of children. As opposed to the idolatry of adultist agendas.
See Matthew Fox, “Adultism—A Society that Devours Its Youth,” in Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 181-199.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “Uvalde, Texas – Strange Days of Sorrow in America.” Image by Daniel Arrhakis (2022) on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you believe that “adults are there to take care of the youth?” when politicians refuse to act to remove assault weapons from the streets? Or to defend Mother Earth from assault?
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
In what may be considered the most comprehensive outline of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the manner in which the spirit of Christ resurrects in terms of the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the young, the rebirth of effective forms of worship—all of these mirroring the ongoing blessings of Mother Earth and the recovery of Eros, the feminine aspect of the Divine.
“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.