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April 26, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Columbine anniversary

Evil not caused by two people alone

The Columbine anniversary is not an anniversary of evil, for to say that two people caused this evil denies the truth that all are interconnected [“Columbine: anniversary of evil,” Opinion, Leonard Pitts Jr. column, April 19]. I say it is not an evil from within, but rather that of a collective evil — one we must dismantle. Beforehand, we must have a paradigm shift; we must be empowered, instead of feeling powerless.

The four most deadly school shootings in U.S. history have all happened within 80 years of each other, three of them within 41 years, and Columbine and Virginia Tech eight years apart. What does this tell us? From Pitts’ analysis, evil is on the rise.

Yes, evil is on the rise, but manifested in nonhuman entities: the state and capitalism, which Columbine demonstrates. This is evident in Littleton, Colo., where many people work for Lockheed Martin, notorious for manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. These are not just WMD; they are tools of war profiteering and increasing government.

The state and capitalism are evil entities that ignore humanity because both are nonhuman entities focused on their self-perpetuation and have evolved to symbiotically ensure this. As the economy grows, the state benefits; whether the wealth created was from a deadly war or something benign, the economy is nonethical.

Calling the event that happened at Columbine 10 years ago an act of evil, I will agree with; but to place responsibility on just evil alone and view these events as continuous is to lose faith in humanity and seed totalitarianism.

— Julian LeMoine, 10th grader, The Nova Project, Seattle

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