On the question of gun control, violence in the media, etc.

I still think the only meaningful change is perhaps the most difficult one: a change of consciousness. We need more models of compassion, and we need to shrink the distance between the havest of the haves and the have-nottest of the have-nots. And we need to see more accountability throughout the system. Rich criminals get away with murder, literally, and the poor get away with nothing.

Years ago, when I told my therapist that I had been a thief of various things as a child, he told me: “You don’t steal from people you feel connected to.” Similarly, you don’t throw your fast-food trash out your car window in a neighborhood that feels like your own home.

And so on. Too damn many people feel unwelcome on their own planet.

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