Just as people can become mentally ill, so to can our society become mentally ill, and then contaminate it's citizens with mental illness. The key concept would be alienation. If we have an overly tightassed society that fosters alienation, and an entertainment media that favors showing mass shootings over common human bodies: Is the outcome a surprise? One possibility would be totally free national health care including psychological counseling. Or, censoring the media with a semblance of sanity and humanity I am sure that there are other means of compensating for society's ills. Your thoughts? ................. Until I was drafted into the military, I had never associated with people of different intellectual, educational or ethnic backgrounds---quite an eye opener for me---learning to respect people of different strengths and weaknesses, some of whom were illiterate. And, that union of differences fostered a deeper appreciation for my fellows, and dispelled most alienation. (I did, however, go completely flipping insane while in the army eventually settling into a fugue state before recovering.---introspective people have an inherent inability to adapt to that sort of life, but something happened along the way that fundamentally changed my outlook on life ---all ended well, however, when I accidentally volunteered myself into strat-com and was back to being comfortable among a collection of my peers) Still, I think that compulsory universal military training could(would?) be a great societal equalizer.