Then and now

To the editor:

Not all that long ago, when an individual turned to violence to express his or her personal rage and as a consequence, targeted the human race, we used to call it "going postal." But why have these tragedies increased so drastically recently in our country and around the world?

These words, written by political thinker and humanitarian Emma Goldman in the 1930s, ring true today:

"[These individuals] are in reality supersensitive beings unable to bear up under too great social stress. They are driven to some violent expression, even at the sacrifice of their own lives, because they cannot supinely witness the misery and suffering of their fellows. The blame for such acts must be laid at the door of those who are responsible for the injustice and inhumanity which dominate the world."

Deidre Consolati, Lee



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