Yesterday I was driving home from a doctor appointment and I saw four police vehicles speeding eastward, lights flashing. It’s unusual to see this on the freeways, so I knew something serious was happening. I soon learned that just 26 miles east of my home is the place where America’s most recent mass shooting occurred.
I have an intense reverence for our Constitution, just as I have an intense reverence for the sacred book of my particular tradition. Both of these great documents have devotees whose interpretation are exactly opposite. Both are quoted to justify great good works and great evils. Neither religion nor national heritage explain our violence or our kindness. We can only look at the tiny everyday choices each of us makes to help us understand. Therein lies the sickness, and therein lies the cure.