Let’s talk about this notion of waiting to fake like you give a damn about the terrible things happening in the world. First, you find yourself waiting, because nobody else seems to care about things that don’t affect them or “their kind” directly. But what are you waiting for? Do you really give a damn about what you think others should care about, or does it just SOUND GOOD to say you care? The reality is that most of us are faking like we care–dropping crocodile tears as long as the media coverage is wall-to-wall (or it’s a viral video or photo), but as soon as that wanes, so does our motivation for change. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri challenge you to be honest with yourself about how you really feel.

Topics discussed include The Axiom Amnesia Theory’s 100th episode, CT school shooting and race, only caring about “your kind”, teaching by example, whether people really care or they like that it sounds good to say they do, religions advancing the notion of a “chosen people”, Mike Huckabee suggesting that taking God out of schools was responsible for the CT school shooting, parents’ responsibility in the actions of their child, effects of bullying on the individual child, having a continued dialogue on atrocities, and more!

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Segment 1

  • The is the 100th episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory. When we first started, we were doing one show per week, then two, and now five shows per week.
  • We should reach the 1000th episode in at about the three year mark.
  • Discussion about the CT school shooting.
  • Discussion about the issue of race as it relates to the media coverage of violence around the country and abroad.
  • We could save a lot more lives by focusing on the solution to chronic violence in the inner cities than by focusing on mass shootings that happen far less frequently–the numbers of lost lives don’t even compare.
  • Discussion about the idea that “It’s not a problem until it’s a ‘white’ problem.” We see this with awareness about economic suffering, police brutality, and now gun violence. These problems have been plaguing the Black and Brown community for a long time.
  • The idea is a reminder of what Malcolm X said about how the Democratic Party puts Blacks last–even after they lend their support.

    This government has failed us. The government itself has failed us, and the White Liberals who have been posing as our friends have failed us. Once we see that all these other sources to which we have turned have failed, we stop turning to them and start turning to ourselves.

    You are the one who sent Kennedy to Washington. You’re the one who put the present Democratic administration in Washington, D.C. The Whites were evenly divided. It was the fact that you threw 80% of your votes behind the Democrats that put the Democrats in the White House. When you see this, you can see that the Negro vote is the key factor. And despite the fact that you are in a position to be the determining factor, what do you get out of it?

    Democrats have been in Washington, D.C. only because of the Negro vote. They’ve been down there 4 years and all the legislation they wanted to bring up the brought up and got it out of the way, and now they bring up you. You put them first and they put you last, cause you ar chumps (huge applause). A political chump.

    In Washington, D.C. in the House of Representatives there are 257 who are Democrats. Only 177 are Republicans. In the Senate there are 67 Democrats, only 33 are Republicans. The Party that you backed, controls two-thirds of the House of Representatives and the Senate and still they can’t keep their promise to you, cause you’re a chump.

    Anytime you throw your political weight behind a political Party that controls two-thirds of the government and that Party can’t keep the promises made to you during election time, and you are dump enough to walk around and identify yourself with that Party, you are not only a chump but you are a traitor to your race [huge applause]. ~ Malcolm X

  • Discussion about people who only care about things that affect them and people they perceive as like them. This attitude is detrimental to society as a whole. Arbitrary designations, like race, gender, and religion cannot be the guideline for whether we care.
  • Discussion about an article Cheri wrote (“I Don’t Give A Sh!t About The CT School Shooting!“), addressing people who 1) determine whether they care by whether they perceive others as caring about them, and 2) people who actually are guilty of only caring about “their kind” and ignoring the suffering of others.
  • Discussion about the popular poem:

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
    Then they came for the socialists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.

  • Discussion about teaching through action.
  • We should give to people and care about them because their suffering DOES affect us, whether we realize that connection or not.
  • When children see adults only care about people who care about them, they are being taught to operate this way. We see this same attitude played out in American foreign policy–the way people from other countries are treated by the government.
  • This is really as simple as having empathy–being able to put ourselves in the shoes of the other person.
  • Most people don’t really want change, except during periods when things are really bad. Right now, the CT school shooting has tugged at the heartstrings of many. But, when the news coverage dies down, people will be back to doing the same thing.
  • Pain/Discomfort is one of the greatest motivators.
  • We share the facts of children around the world being killed ALL the time. Nobody comes out to say, “My thoughts and prayers are with them…” Yet, with this latest tragedy, people say it continuously. Isn’t there enough compassion to go around? The reality is that you don’t truly care about equality–it just SOUNDS GOOD to say that you do.

Segment 2

  • If you cared, you would be doing something about it.
  • Christianity, the Bible, Judaism, the Torah, Islam, and the Quran, are all part of the problem of advancing this notion that some people are “chosen” and favored over others in the eyes of a creator God. Religion has perpetuated this notion in the minds of the people, and government helps to reinforce it.
  • Discussion about Mike Huckabee’s statement in the wake of the CT school shootings:

    CAVUTO: How could God let this happen?

    HUCKABEE: Well, you know, it’s an interesting thing. When we ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools have become a place for carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, responsibility, accountability? That we’re not just going to have to be accountable to the police, if they catch us. But one day, we will stand in judgment before God. If we don’t believe that, we don’t fear that.

  • Discussion about a question we asked on our Facebook page:

    What do you think?

    Some people say that parents who raise children who commit heinous acts, like the CT school shooting, are responsible for these acts to some degree because they raised the child who committed them.

    Are people correct in thinking that the parents are partially to blame for the acts of their children? Please share your thoughts…
    Source: Axiom Amnesia’s Facebook Page

  • Some people claimed that people could be aware that their child was going to commit a heinous act. Can we really predict this ahead of time?
  • There are plenty of of people who exhibit stereotypical “signs” of mental issues that never go out and do things like this.
  • Discussion about whether you can predict future actions based on past actions via an example of government action taken with Japan in WWII and Iran today.
  • The parents have some level of responsibility in some cases, but not all. There are some parents who know something isn’t right. How should they handle it?
  • How do you balance the needs of the mentally ill child with protecting other? Is it right to criminalize them even before they commit a crime. The idea of pre-crime punishment is not right.
  • Discussion of examples of people in society being criminalized before they actually commit a criminal act.
  • Discussion about CT school shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza, allegedly teaching him how to use a gun. Some people feel that she shares in the responsibility for her sons acts.
  • Do we blame the person who taught the person to drive when they kill someone in a DUI?
  • Discussion about blaming parents for the actions of the child. They don’t have a joystick controlling the child. What is the model child anyway?
  • Discussion about the idea that when something bad happens you have to BLAME someone or something. This is different than holding someone accountable.
  • People do not want to accept their part in the things that happen in society, so they want to place blame elsewhere. The truth is that it is all of our “faults.”
  • Discussion about the mother of Dylan Klebold (mother of one of the Columbine shooters) saying that she would apologize to her son for thinking she understood him, but not knowing what was going through his head.
  • Discussion about how few hours of the day the parent spends with the child. Time spent and unspent between children and parents affect them.
  • Discussion about the impact of bullying on individual children. Everyone isn’t the same. Some can shake off these attacks, while it drives others to commit suicide. Since kids spend more time at school than at home (during waking hours), the social dynamic at school also plays a big part in the outcome of the child.
  • Things like the violence of the CT school shooting happen all the time. We cannot just talk about it when things are bad.
  • Ironically, the attempt to have an ongoing conversation about the atrocities talking place around the world is met with claims of being “too negative.”