I was horrified and sickened today to learn of the shooting in Connecticut where it is reported 27 people have been confirmed dead – 18 of which are reported to be children. My God, is this the world we want to live in? What must we do to curb this type of violence? What do we need to do as a society to change this alarming trend of targeting innocent unknowns just for the sake of creating a body count? What has brought us to this point?
I cannot imagine the depravity necssary to strip away life like this. I cannot imagine the level of disconnect with humanity that must occur to be able to go into an elementary school and kill children. Alas, I also cannot imagine who would do this in a mall or a movie theater or at a political meet-and-greet. I cannot imagine where the shooter’s soul goes in these moments when a complete disregard for life is evidenced.
I can only imagine the horror of those who have children or other family members at that facility. I can only imagine the vastness of the loss those who have lost loved ones in this tragic event will endure. I can only imagine what the first responders at the scene had to witness and how difficult it will be for them to move on from.
I can only pray for some peace for those who will carry the impact of this event with them forever. I can only hope that in the analysis of this event there will be answers on how to prevent another such event. I can only hope that those who have died are at peace amongst the angels.
What I can do is raise my voice to ask the question that must be asked: Is this the world we want to live in? I can ask every person within my reach to consider what they think needs to be done. I can demand action from my government that invests time in thinking about solutions that are more holistically productive than just greater protective measures. I can say to every citizen that the answer to changing this trend lies with individuals singularly and collectively.
These people who are murdering and creating mayhem were once innocent babies with perfect souls. Something happened along the way to these people and whatever that was needed to be addressed (or at the least reported) by folks around them. We all have a responsibility beyond our own individual interests to a peaceful society. We all have a responsibility to say something when we see things that could result in harm to an individual or others. this is the compact of humanity – we foster and protect life.
We also have a responsibility to look at systems that directly or indirectly facilitate this type of behavior…systems that allow people to fall through the cracks or that assume that most folks are whole and undamaged. We cannot afford to just continue to write the folks who visit these heinous acts upon others off as anomalies. If we – society as a whole – don’t start actively engaging with addressing this situation more aggressively we can only expect more of the same.
So I ask again – is this the world we want to live in? If not, then we need to do something about it. We are the ones that create and maintain our society. We are the ones who must live with our action or inaction. And we are the ones who will grieve when more are senselessly taken.
Day one thousand two hundred and fifty-six of the new forty – obla di obla da