Peter Brook has a new book out. He's 92 and still active in the theatre. He directed his first professional production in 1943- which adds up to a career of 74 years and counting....
When I was in theological college his classic text- The Empty Space- was on our reading list. It was hoped we'd learn from it how to liven up church services . It may not have saved the Church of England but it's a tremendous book- not only a brilliant exposition of theatre and what the point of it is but also, by extrapolation, a manual for living the good life.
I think of him as one of the wisest people on the planet.
How do you argue with someone who thinks the way to solve an epidemic of mass shooting is flood the nation with more guns. It's not a reasonable position. More like a faith position. Reason won't touch it. Only a Damascus Road experience will do.
The gun is a tool- like the vacuum cleaner or the feather duster. The difference is you don't get Hoover owners vowing to cling to their machines with their cold, dead hands. It's only the dangerous tools that get fetishized- the sword, the fast sports car, the gun.
I know there are women who wave guns around but it seems to be mainly the male ego that needs to be bolstered by weaponry. Has there ever been a mass shooting perpetrated by a woman? I'm sure there has but I can't think of any.
I don't own a gun. If I did I'd like to think I'd be taking it out of its cabinet today, carrying it into the yard, sticking it on a tree stump and hammering it back into sheet metal.