Like Slack, we all have our own edge, our own abyss, and we have a common edge, the common abyss of our species.
The difference is that most folks are able to put up a good fight against madness, even though our government is not doing that very well these daze, and has gone over the edge itself.
Way over the edge
This blog is all about resisting the toxins of power that seep into government, then come upon us through government madness, but doing it with free speech and petitions to the government.
Resisting the toxins, not giving in to them, is the way of healing.
It is our patriotic duty to say ouch when we do not like government action, to protest, to try to vote the madness out of office; thus, to try to heal the government when it gets sick, so that citizens like Joe Slack do not loose the struggle and go off into madness as a result.
Joe Slack stopped treating the infected government as if it were a disease, and in his mind began to treat it as an evil personal attack by other fellow citizens upon him personally.
That is not real.
The IRS employees he could have killed are doing their jobs, following regulations, and following statutes.
When they don't, the remedy is the court system, appeals, and complaints to government:
The right to sue and defend in the courts is the alternative of force. In an organized society it is the right conservative of all other rights, and lies at the foundation of orderly government. It is one of the highest and most essential privileges of citizenship, and must be allowed by each state to the citizens of all other states to the precise extent that it is allowed to its own citizens. Equality of treatment in this respect is not left to depend upon comity between the states, but is granted and protected by the Federal Constitution.(Chambers v. Baltimore & O. R. Co., 207 U.S. 142, 148, emphasis added). We have an obligation to heal one another with our laws and with reason; we all must be doctors and nurses in that sense.
Stay in the sense, avoid the toxins, and avoid the nonsense, as we try to fix our broken government.