Having a son turned me into a pacifist not because I was an idealist, but because motherhood made me a realist. Why are we raising our children in a culture saturated with violence? Every week, sometimes twice a week, sometimes more often, there is another mass shooting, always by a man, usually a white man.
Perhaps one of our greatest flaws as human beings is how easily we slip into a state of complacency and take for granted the mundane and seemingly benign or implicit parts of life. David Foster Wallace spoke poignantly about this reality in his commencement speech in 2005.