“Humility is an unpopular — one might say barely considered, hence untaught — virtue, but it is the key to developing a fully virtuous life and a just society. The practice of humility does not allow one to serve a perception of one’s own power, nor to reduce other people to “things” or objects. Rather, rather it forces one to consider the gifted humanity of the other; it understands the privilege of known and serving the other”
The article was addressing Harvey Weinstein and the culture of Hollywood that allows men like him to escape consequences. But I find it just as pertinent to the discussion about gun violence in America. Sunday’s shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, had a very strong thread of domestic violence.
Since 1982, 88 violent mass shootings have been committed by men compared to 2 by women. Overall, 90% of all murderers in America are men.
This is so stunning, I can’t move past it. We have a culture of extreme individualism and machismo. I knew this. But women are living proof, evidently, that humans can show restraint and find better outlets for their anger and injured pride.