Do You Feel This Student Speaks For Your Generation?

Posted: February 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

Most of you are no more than a year or two older than this student and would still have been in high school less than ten moths ago.

Cameron Kasky is a 17-year-old junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He and his brother Holden survived Wednesday’s school shooting at their Parkland, Florida, high school.

  1. Ben Battistone says:

    I think he definitely speaks for our generation. It’s sad that this is the kind of thing that has to happen for people to realize that change is needed, and even sadder that people in power are unwilling to do anything, let alone recognize that there is a problem. Whether it is more restrictions on access to weapons, changes to the types of guns that people can legally own, better background checks and tighter restrictions on who can buy or sell guns, or other possible solutions, something has got to change. The US is an interesting case because of historical precedents with the Second Amendment, which should definitely be taken into account. However, there is a point where using guns as tools becomes less about the purpose of owning the gun, and more about the gun you own and making it as excessive as possible. Whatever the case, I hope that an effective and thoughtful solution can be reached quickly.

    • As I was saying to a student in my 2211 class, Mauss’s theory of magic and America’s obsession with guns can teach us a lot about one another. If you want to know how prehistoric society was held in the grip of sympathetic formulas, properties, and spirits; just look at the way we interact with our guns. Or, conversely, if you want to why we cling so tenaciously to our guns, just look at prehistoric fetishism. While most persons would imagine the Second Amendment to be a result of Enlightenment thinking and basic human rights, it may well be that the supposed right to bear arms is really a vestige of pre-Enlightenment thinking. Or, it may be, as some scholars suggest, that Enlightenment itself is another myth and form of ideology. You can decide the answer to that conundrum for yourself. But, as I said in class, Mauss thinks it is impossible that we should ever step entirely free of magic. The day that happens will not be the day we shall finally see the world as it really but, but rather we then shall no longer see the world at all. The point seems not to be to eliminate magic, but rather to find more interesting and sustainable fetishes. Art and literature wouldn’t be such a bad option.

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