Friday, December 14, 2012
There are no words adequate to describe the horror of today's school shooting in Connecticut. So many young lives, cut short before they'd had time to even begin to understand them, let alone live them to the full . . . I have no idea how to begin to describe the depths of this tragedy.
However, there are three things for which there are words.
First - for those who have lost loved ones. No-one except those who've been there can possibly understand what you're enduring right now. Those who try to express their sympathy must inevitably fall short, because no sympathy can even come close to the magnitude of your pain and suffering. I can only offer my tears, and my prayers, and stand silently with you.
Next - for those in the blogosphere and in social media who write and speak of this tragedy. Please, please don't mention the shooter's name, or give any acknowledgment whatsoever to him and/or any accomplices (first reports indicated that there may have been more than one perpetrator, but I've seen no confirmation as yet). Don't be like the news outlets that are already seeking profit out of 'hyping' the horror of this situation. There's too much pain and suffering here to allow anyone to profit from it, directly or indirectly, monetarily or otherwise. Let's keep our focus on the dead, the survivors, and their families. The last thing we should do is glorify the monster(s) who did this.
Finally - for those who are already seeking, and will continue to seek, to exploit this tragedy for their political and/or partisan ends, just as every tragedy of this nature has been exploited by those with an agenda. People like you will wade through blood to make your point . . . just as long as it's someone else's blood. You'll do so without regard for the misery and anguish you add to the already unimaginable burden of those who've lost loved ones. For you, I have nothing but contempt, disgust and scorn.
May the souls of those who died in Connecticut today rest in peace. May their families receive what succor, sympathy and help is possible, Divine and human. May the rest of us gather around and mourn with them. Nothing else is appropriate today.
Posted by Peter at 12/14/2012 05:50:00 PM