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Austin Eubanks: What the Columbine Shooting Taught Me About Pain and Addiction (Transcript)

Austin Eubanks at TEDxMileHigh

Here is the full transcript of Austin Eubanks’ TEDx Talk: What the Columbine Shooting Taught Me About Pain and Addiction at TEDxMileHigh conference. 

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Austin Eubanks: Do you remember where you were on June 12th, 2016? A few of you might, but I’m betting the vast majority probably don’t.

On June 12th, 2016, a lone gunman walked into Pulse Nightclub, killing 46 people in the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in US history.

Now let’s go back about a decade. How about August 29th, 2005? Do you remember where you were? We’ve got a few heads nodding out there. That was Hurricane Katrina. Over 1,800 dead in the costliest natural disaster ever to hit the North American continent.

Now let’s go back another few years and go for 100 percent recognition. Do you remember where you were on September 11th, 2001? Everybody’s head nodding now. The September 11th attacks left over 3,000 dead in the worst terrorist attack in US history.

Do you remember how you felt? Were you confused? Afraid? Did you feel sick? Were you vulnerable? Every time this happens, we’re becoming more and more desensitized. We frequently see news coverage of mass shootings, natural disasters that result in enormous loss of life, terrorist attacks, and then we change the channel to watch something more friendly.

This is the society that we live in today, but the impact of these traumatic events are no less serious on those who are directly affected, and now the impact of emotional pain on our society is more problematic than ever.

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