I had a dream last night. I was sitting in a room with a group of people for what seemed to be some type of debrief or grief counselling group that involved people whose family members were victims of a recent active shooter.
Four things stuck out in detail.
1. There was a man leading the group, very attentive, open minded, looking for real answers to real problems.
2. There was a woman holding her son. She would not let him go, she would not allow him to hear what was being said, and anytime an idea was given to think on or build upon, she shut it down with fear.
3. There was another man that wanted to listen and participate. He believed strongly that force should be met with force, even if preemptive, but could not get his words out to describe his plan due to the fourth person, or actual cluster of people. A large group of nothing but noise in the back of the room, even their being was void of feature.
This dream was no doubt the subliminal rendering of the book I have been reading from Rick Smith titled “The End Of Killing- How Our Newest Technologies Can Solve Humanity’s Oldest Problem.”
I’d like to think that the leader in this dream group was Rick, who in his attempt to try and give an answer to the end of violence, was only being met with fear and all the noise that drowns out productivity.
At one point the leader turned to me (sitting off to the side) and said “what is it we have zero of?” I took his question to mean “what is it the world has zero of?” and jestingly answered back “sinless people.” He laughed and said “now wouldn’t that be nice.” I think he got my point.
In his book, Rick offers up some ideas that most might consider radical, unrealistic in our time, or completely impossible. I’m sure some of the same minds that would believe those three options listed are reading this on a handheld computer that fits in their pocket and is tasked with nearly every duty of its respective owner.
He believes that through technology we can eliminate the need to kill. I certainly think it can help solve the problem, but also believe that all the technology in the world can’t stop what the heart does. It won’t solve any spiritual problems. Technology and reason must meet together, and changing hearts has to be a driving point while we attempt to adopt new policies or technology’s that can save all life. I for one love the fact that Rick is trying to make the bullet obsolete, but right now the best option to stop deadly force is still the use of deadly force.
There is one point I would like to touch on today from Rick’s book as to keep this short and let the minds work. “When non-lethal force performs better than lethal force, killing becomes unjustifiable.”(pg.48-49). This comes from his question (paraphrased) of “when would you authorize the use of deadly force if non-lethal and lethal options had the same effectiveness?” Sadly, in my opinion, they don’t right now, but if they did my answer would reflect that of Chief Ramsey in his book “I wouldn’t. There would be no need.”
His Book “Salt and Light: Being the Hands and Feet of Christ” is available this Septemeber.