Why?

In the face of senseless violence the first question people tend to ask is “Why?”

Why did this happen?  Why did someone I care about have to die or be injured?  Why was I spared?  Why, why, why?

Unfortunately, none of the whys change the new normal of what is – an act of senseless violence occurred and lives were lost, scarred, or forever changed.  Yet there is something about having the answers that allows us to better store the experience in the right place in our worldview.  Ideally, we want to know that a senseless act of violence is an anomaly. We want to know that the vast majority of people would never deliberately hurt others.  We want to know that our odds of encountering senseless violence are remote.

The Aurora Colorado shooting still has many unanswered questions.  Why did James Holmes commit this heinous act?  Why did he choose that theater, on that night, at that time? Why didn’t someone figure out what James Holmes planned to do before he did it?   Why, why, why?

These type of crimes get a great deal of attention.  They remain in the collective conscious and they are dissected and discussed for years after they occur.  They are a final blaze of glory for an individual (or individuals) who no longer value human life (others or their own), but who want to have the last word.

In relation to the Colorado shooting, so many questions remain unanswered.  But they will be asked – over and over again, over the weeks, months, and years to follow. We do so want to know the answers and we do so want to believe that by knowing the answers we can prevent a like event from happening in the future.  We don’t want this type of senseless violence in our lives…yet, here we are again – another mass casualty incident at the hands of a madman.  Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions and maybe we are asking them too late.  Time bombs tend to tick before they go off.  Perhaps we should be asking, “Who’s listening?”

Day one thousand one hundred and eleven of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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One Response to Why?

  1. Bk says:

    Miss your weekly calls Mami : )

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