Category Archives: Play On Words

The Art Metaphor of School Shootings

 The Art Metaphor of School Shootings

IMG_6959I spend my days evaluating and treating people with mental health problems.   As disturbing as the horrible slaughter of innocents is I like the metaphor of (murder) art because it takes the issue to a whole new level of accuracy without the simplification.
Just as one somehow finds himself in the role of an artist, often by exclusion of many other roles that don’t fit,  it is completely fruitless to seek the common denominator of artists.   It is the differences that give them notoriety, fame or popularity.    Then there are the issues of execution,  elegance and the power of expression.    This follows the earlier stages of development and formation of the artist, his media and style.
Of course there is a risk of sounding callous or unsympathetic to the victims when the brutality is compared to something as sublime as art . In reality art can seem so but actually has great power to influence and form values.   This is another aspect, the influence on the “state of the art,”  our appreciation of their craft and the horizons it may open for us (in this case the opening of evil).
Contrary to the struggling artists trying to make their mark, our murder artists get instant recognition, and “fame.”   This is the “western jihadist.”   Fame.  Yet our sensitivity to evil and its reality makes it nearly impossible to speak of these things on their own terms.    We do hear in passing the evil Austrian flunked out of art school leaving him to seek recognition in other ways.
There are many other models of violent crime being tossed around, like viral loads, and the epidemiology seems to show some promise in deepening our understanding but loathe as I am to say it,   the gun is more powerful and immediate than the brush.     There is also much less certainty of success and more competition in the creative arts.
Murder is, thanks to the widening influence of the media,  such a big seller even if the final act rapidly dwarfs once the smoke clears leaving  the survivors to grapple with their misery.    Yet the secret society of alienated and impressionable souls are waiting for the inspiration, and preparation to make their way to upstage the ones who thought they finally got it right.

The Mixed Multitude



June 19, 2004

There is a movement throughout the world.   It is the mixed multitude.

They knew there was something very special, but they maintained their own minds.

They went along for the ride.   They were running.  They were hiding.

They were seeking a way out of their lives.

It was personal, each with a reason.  They did it in mass, without much thought to the consequences, because they felt so many were doing the same thing.

It turned into collectivism. And over the centuries it passed stages, experiments.

Long before that they left the Jews.   Having been exposed to the Wonders of G’d,

but as if it didn’t mean that much to them.   It was passing phase in their lives.

Many of the Jews remained under the service of The Holy Laws The A-Mighty had given them.   They kept the knowledge alive though their tradition.

Meanwhile, the mixed multitude fell into the popular notions of the day.    As they reached toward their potential  other factions were stimulated to find the truth of the other’s conclusions.   There would be build-up of martial power and destructive forces.

The obvious thing they neglected was the wisdom of G’d and they met their annihilation.   The victors took on elements of the conquered and a new wave of violence and destruction would start again.

Why was this happening?   Why did the trends always lead to death, disease, poverty and failure?   Then something occurred to them.   They remembered what they had been through.   The Great Miracles of the A-mighty Creator and the Jews.

They had reached a pinnacle close to the Divine Benevolence and lived in joy and wisdom.


Peace As A Political Agenda

THE FIRE LION FLOORI wish to cast no aspersion on those who espouse and embrace world peace as a goal to reach for.   It sure beats the pursuit of war.    But I believe the emphasis, as wholesome and correct as it is will not be achieved in the way groups such as Peace Now!, the Peace and Freedom Party, and other so-called Leftist groups do it.

Again, I don’t question the honest and decent values of those who seek the end of all wars.   Hashem should Bring on the Redemption.

This is the thing,  I get very aggravated with many things related to the peace movement.  A lot of people do.   I may agree with the conservative opposition whose also aggravated and turned off by the nature of the movement.

These days pent up rage is almost epidemic when it comes to geopolitics, the growing savagery and poverty in the world.   Political agendas can’t work in the abstract, as legislation or in the media.   The polemic stance of the left, often aggravating and provocative, of World Peace must turn their view inward.

Shalom Bayis (Peace in the Home) is the cornerstone of Judaism.   Without it one has no peace of Blessing.   All true success in life starts with Shalom Bayis.   One must pursue peace with the wife  and family,  and like dropping a stone in a puddle causes the waves to spread out in all directions peace is generated outward and remains.

The basic assumption of leftist or radical ant-war politics is backwards, especially with the Jewish, Pro-Palestinian movements in Israel and elsewhere.   As a Jewish nation, Chazal describes us as one body where a single Jew suffering means every Jew is suffering.   This family  includes every Jew, regardless of orientation or beliefs.   Peace cannot be established outwardly and forced inward in the absence of Shalom Bayis.


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I don’t know how long, but its been awhile I’ve probably become indecisive.   Sometimes I’m sure but then I begin to wonder how I could be sure of being indecisive.   Isn’t that a decision?

If I have a problem I usually see two possibilities but think maybe they’re both wrong and there’s really an even better solution that I can’t think of?   So I’m stuck choosing between two wrong solutions or not knowing the right one.

I’m currently wondering whether I should continue writing this.

But since I started it I don’t think I can just stop.   The burden of a decision seems to outweigh making it.    I’m not so sure though.

No solution seems complete enough to simply decide by myself.   I hope something will happen or someone will just tell me what to do.    I don’t think I was always like this but lately I see one side that  seems right, all things considered.    It’s uncanny that I may suddenly see an opposing view that has equal merit.

Perhaps my indecision is fueled by my limitations?S Monica Chess Players close HDR