Haven’t we had enough yet?

Three deaths reported, up to 20 wounded in San Bernardino, California shooting.


Haven’t we had enough yet?
A guest commentary by Tom Cares for neverblendin and the Give ’em Hope Campaign.

I can’t believe these shootings keep happening. 
I wonder if this is the delayed result of a generation of bad parenting. It shouldn’t be that hard to raise kids into adults who would never do things like this.
Parents need to impart rational guidance on making peace with the human condition and dealing with emotions and anger in non-destructive ways. Even, I wonder if people do these things in some kind of perceived delusional vengeance on behalf of their bruised egos. I suspect people are being raised so existentially unenlightened, they become vulnerable to raging egos and narcissism commandeering them into such destruction.
This is what I teach my kids: you are an animal who is going to die. 

During your life, sometimes terrible and devastating things are going to happen to you. At times, your entire reality might turn upside down. You are going to be disappointed regularly. Enjoy the ride as best you can. Appreciate the beauty and often exquisite drama in your plights. Our absurd existence provides no justice, but appreciate that this is the only way we could have been (meaning the exact dynamics of existence – the chaos of the universe – are what produced you. A universe that ensured bliss and justice, perhaps using divine guidance, would be very different and wouldn’t have produced us). Your emotions belong to you. You control them. Don’t let them control you. Learn how to be uncomfortable, despaired, and embarrassed, without being angry. Find and pursue the passions you can, in your circumstances, as they are. Don’t let your passions be bigger than you and be able to find new ones when needed. Sometimes you have to start over. It’s not the end of the world, just the beginning of something new. Oh, and life is really great a lot of the time too; try notice when it is and don’t take it for granted.

” To the brave and the petrified 

   We All Fall Down

    To The Slaved and the civilised

     WE All Fall Down 

      To The lOvers we left behind

       The bad Days , The good nights 

         In The great Shipwreck of life

          WE All Fall Down ” ..


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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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