We are grieving the loss of still more young life at the hands of a young, 22-year-old, killer.
Politicians’ hands are bloody when their rhetoric and demagoguery appeals to hearts full of hate and inviting violence toward LGBTQ persons. And the capitalist media support them because fear and hate sell their product (ask the late and very rich Rush Limbaugh and his many clones such as Alex Jones).
And the NRA and politicians in bed with the NRA who hide behind the second amendment to resist legislation that can restrict weapons that can and are used to murder people. Lots of bloody hands to go around these days.
But the murders at the gay club in Colorado Springs is not the only bad news about young death in America this past week. Three college football players were shot to death by a young man at the University of Virginia for reason still unknown. And four college students were viciously stabbed to death in their beds while sleeping at a college in Idaho.
Such tragedies are not solely due to the young people doing the killing. It is also a sign of a failing society where the elders are missing and the adults are confused and where adultism reigns.
Adultism is where older ones resent the young (often unconsciously) instead of committing themselves to the best ways to serve and raise the young, offering healthy learning about what it means to be a human being and how to develop habits or virtues that guide one to become the best versions of themselves that they can be.
Not only healthy education, but healthy religion or spirituality is often missing today. Religion that is not self-serving and hypocritical seems to be rarer and rarer to many young people today. The latest scandals of child abuse coming from the Catholic church and its Opus Dei sponsors of fascism so well represented on the Supreme Court are reminders of such abuse.
But so too are the revelations from the Jerry Falwell family and its Liberty University which prides itself on being “the largest Christian university” in the world. It and the Evangelical church has not only been preaching the MAGA philosophy vociferously, but its president and his wife have been involved in super-charged sexual escapades of hyper hypocrisy.
Also facts are coming out about decades-long sexual abuse cover ups in the Baptist church and the Mormon church. All of it is a story of abuse of young people and its cover-up and religious hypocrisy.
Accompanying it too is the abuse of the name and person and teachings of Jesus.
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. 267-332.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Vigil of solidarity in the wake of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, Minneapolis, MN, 6/12/2016. Photo by Fibonacci Blue on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
How do you handle the revelations of hypocrisy in religion of our times? Do you think that reality has a lot to do with young people turning their back on organized religion in favor of spirituality? Do you see it as a response to adultism?
Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
Visionary theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology of evil that fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature. In comparing the Eastern tradition of the 7 chakras to the Western tradition of the 7 capital sins, Fox allows us to think creatively about our capacity for personal and institutional evil and what we can do about them.
“A scholarly masterpiece embodying a better vision and depth of perception far beyond the grasp of any one single science. A breath-taking analysis.” — Diarmuid O’Murchu, author of Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics