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Hank Green @hankgreen
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Tried and failed to make a video about mass shootings for this week on Vlogbrothers. I just can't. But here's a thread:
When things happen that don't fit into our stories of the world, we want them explained. And if they can't be easily explained with our current worldview, we have to shift that worldview. And, in doing so, the world as we imagine it becomes worse.
I've heard people ask why we spend so much time talking about mass shootings when they're not a huge slice of gun violence...this is why. They don’t fit in with our story, we don’t understand how they could happen, and so we have to shift how we imagine the world.
We explain these tragedies in the way that fits best with our worldview. Each of us puts the blame in the place where it feels most comfortable… we work hard to make our world worse in the best way we can.
Different people explain it in different ways...put the blame on different things. And when we hear someone else's explanation that is different from ours, that feels like an attack because it seems like they're taking the bad thing and making the world even worse with it.
This is why mass shootings weigh so heavily on us...we're trying to make sense of them, and that process highlights the differences in the way we imagine the world.

But it never actually fits with our story, and if this one does then the next one won't.
Because mass-shootings are a disease that our society has now, and like any serious disease they take advantage of multiple failings, both inside the shooters and inside our society.
I guess that's all I want to say right now.
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