I've given my input, along with several therapists from different specialties, in this article at GoodTherapy.org regarding the Newtown tragedy. There is no one solution to this problem. It's going to take a comprehensive, holistic approach to create real change. The bottom line, however, is that we need to evolve into a culture that cares more about others.
This whole 2012, end of the world, panic has gotten me thinking about the metaphorical idea of "world". I know the earth will still be here after December 21. But maybe our "world" will feel different.
The way I see it, the end of the world happens frequently. The world of autumn ends when the leaves are gone, trees are bare and the snow has covered everything. A new world of winter begins and will end with the warming of the world of Spring.
The end of the world happens everyday when we go to sleep at night and today becomes yesterday and we head into a new world of tomorrow. Days and times are an interesting construct. Children are in a world of wonder. A woman told me that her son counts days in yesterdays and tomorrows. How many tomorrows until...
For the Mayans, December 21, 2012 is the end of their 5125 year calendar. Time for a new calendar and a new world.