Myths about good and evil

Why did he do it?   That question surrounds the young man with dyed-red hair  who did what he did in the theatre in Aurora, Co.  However at the moment, what he did is more important to investigators than the motive for what did.  Law enforcement officers are gathering facts to present to the court that should  determine what he did and reveal why he did it.

Today The Old Fool  learned of three myths that are commonly associated with mass murderers.  The myths are that a mass murderer must lack intelligence, be insane, or been reared in a dysfunctional home.  It appears that these myths are often not supported by facts.

In Highlight 111, The Old Fool told of someone who seems to be naturally a neighborly-friendly friend sort of person.  He even suggested certain influences that may have turned her in the direction of goodness. But The Old Fool may have relied on his own myths: that a good person must have had a good parental home, or a good spouse. Could it be that The Old Fool’s friend became the good woman she is because of the positive choices she made personally?  And could it be that the man in Aurora, Co. did what he did because of the negative choices he made? If this is true then no one is to be praised for the good woman she is or  blamed for the evil person he is?

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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