"If you think of your love as a da Vinci painting, it's a wonderful gift to give someone. But if you see it as an old sock, you wouldn't want to bother your loved one with it. Instead, you might try to compensate for the perceived deficiencies of your emotional support with some kind of financial or service-oriented behavior. And you're likely to get resentful or angry when your family considers these inadequate compensation . . . Most male anger comes from feeling like a failure as a protector, provider, and sexual-lover."
In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, many are focusing on the role that the lack of adequate gun control, radical Islam, homophobia or bipolar illness played as contributing factors. But the question I ask is this: why are these mass shootings usually carried out by MALES - isolated, alienated, ANGRY males? Most men would never even think of doing such an act. But what is it about the stress of our society - or male psychology - that pushes unbalanced males over the edge? These are questions I've been pondering during my outdoor adventures this past week.
What are YOUR ideas? Here's a short article from Psychology Today to get the ball rolling. I apologize in advance for the fact that it only discusses heterosexual relationships:
Photos: Cascades, Globeflowers, and the rare Brown Ladies' Slipper Orchid, Fern Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, June 14, 2016
Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.