Eminem Takes a Stand Againgst Gun Violence


Rap artist and pop culture provocateur, Eminem, has just dropped a surprise album, where he is not shy to tackle the American epidemic: Gun Violence.

For the arresting cover art, Eminem has recreated Alfred Hitchcock's "Music to Murdered By" for his new album of the same name.

gmxr5s.png*In the disturbing video of the first song released from his new album, "Darknkness," the artist attemptso e enter the psyche 2017's Las Vegas mass shooter -- tackling mental illness and p presenting murder a kind of theater of the macabre.


*The short film ends wi an image of of the anti-hero gaz at tv screens in the shape of America, feverishly broadcasting/ glorifying violence and this haunting message, urging people to vote:

When will this end?
When enough people care.


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*Heeding Emiem's wake up callall and plea for to dare to care enough to change the way we live, here are some of my reflections.

What if we consider America’s gun problem as a spiritual disease?

What if we were to regard all problems as, essentially, disturbances of our spirit, and that of the collective spirit?


Re: school shootings, is it possible that there is a greater, deeper societal disturbance that our children have intuited? After all, as we know, children learn not from what we say, but what we do.

Might young, impressionable, vulnerable, more pure souls, our children, have picked up on a profound violence in the air that they, in turn, internalize and respond to?

If America were one home, one family, might it be easier to ask: How are these children being raised that they behave this way? What damage has been inflicted upon their psyche, what examples have they been shown?

What if, as mystic Rumi says, Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.


We hear a lot about mental illness, lately, another malady not without spiritual roots--and I am reminded of Nietzsche's half-joking remark: 'In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.'

Again, how is our collective insanity, as adults, affecting our children? We might turn to Martin Luther King Jr. wise words: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

We may ask ourselves, in this context, what injustice are we guilty of as a society, at home, abroad and in the world-at-large, that war has manifested itself in our streets, and erupted at schools? How are we breeding death, incubating spiritual dis-ease?

There is no lasting peace that can be built upon injustice, our conscience will not permit it, nor will existence. To quote MLK once again, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.


How, then, might we try to recover our collective peace, what spiritual truths must we try to remember and practice?

Mother Theresa offers this answer:

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.


[Images: Pixabay]

Comments 5

Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.
I believe we are guilty of sloth in that we readily accept what our media tells us about these shootings. They are not what they appear to be. I am not saying they did not happen, I am saying the perpetrators are Lee Harvey Oswalds doing the bidding of someone or something far more powerful than themselves.
It's interesting that Eminem chose the Vegas shooting, which is the most suspect of all of the shootings.
Call me crazy (many do) but that man did not get all that stuff into one of the most heavily guarded and electronically scrutinized buildings in the world without a lot of powerful help.

And Epstein didn't kill himself


17.01.2020 16:46

Thank you, for reading and sharing.

I'm not a conspiracy theorist, nor do I trust the media or politics/politicians. Yet gun shootings in America are too wide-spread to be orchestrated.

Epstein, I agree, might have been killed.

17.01.2020 17:15

They are suddenly too widespread to not be managed. Next time you hear of one happening in real time, go watch the news reports about them for the next few hours, local stations if you can. Every single news station other than the local ones report the exact same story, show the exact same witnesses, show the exact same photos, and by the end of the day tie the whole event up into a nice tidy package of a hater who looks just like the guy next door gone wild with a gun. But the local stations deviate just enough that you can tell the national media is lying. It's nauseating. Fear not each other, the enemy does not live next door.

17.01.2020 17:41

Will keep my eyes open 👀

17.01.2020 18:54

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17.01.2020 16:51