Some thoughts in the aftermath of the movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado, early this morning… It happened at a Batman movie titled: Dark Knight Rises. The real shooting erupted during a shooting scene in the movie. As of late this morning, 12 people had been killed, and 50 injured. Among the victims were some youth (ages 9, 11, 13…). President Obama’s response, in part, was: “…confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family.” Acually in my estimation, the moments of ‘darkness’ have been coming for quite some time. These movies have been becoming more violent, and more violent, and yet even more violent… During a radio show on a campaign swing through northern California several years ago, I said we as a general viewing population have become addicted to the violence. And just like an alcoholic, the tolerance for more and more keeps increasing. Consequently, we become more and more conditioned by the violence, with more and more people these days now acting it out. (All you have to do is read the newspapers, daily.) And if that isn’t bad enough, we are now regularly allowing youth to be exposed to it — without hardly a spiritual thought. I’m also a former addictions counselor and know that when someone(s) is addicted they are also generally in denial and rationalize what they do. This often works until someone, well, hits bottom. You gotta wonder what the bottom is going to be on this violence thing, huh?