A decent article about gun violence, but a better article for what it says about how we’re all in this together. We can’t really see or solve our problems if all we see is different tribes everywhere we look. We have to alleviate the problems of those below us on the ladder in order to make things better for ourselves.
If you ignore America’s poor, you can make all kinds of problems disappear from view. Not counting the poor and minorities, the country does not have an obesity epidemic. Not counting the poor and minorities, the United States has perfectly adequate schools. Not counting the poor and minorities, America would have a higher average income.
Likewise, not counting hurricanes, America would not have so many natural disasters. Not counting divorces, America would have more intact families. Not counting wars, America would have a smaller public debt. But what’s the point of this exercise? The people who make up America count as Americans, and their problems count as America’s problems. Their problems do not occur in isolation, but are manifestations of failures to which all Americans contributed together.