Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Few Words About the Shootings in Colorado

I turned over to a true crime news program that I regularly watch tonight, and it was about the terrible shootings out in Colorado. As usual, much of the program focused on the gunman, whose name I refuse to mention here, because he is not worth a mention or worthy of being included in any news or blog posts that also concern the victims. In my view, it would be disrespectful to the victims and their loved ones to mention this man by name. My heart, like many of the hearts in this country and the world, certainly goes out to the innocent victims and their families.

As usual, tonight, the newsies were mainly concerned with the shooter and why the shooting occurred. I remember that years ago when I lost someone very dear to me to suicide, and I just could not reconcile the death or the method of death with the personality I knew so very well, a very wise teacher of mine told me that I would never understand the act that my friend had committed because I was trying to reconcile an irrational act by using my rational mind. This teacher's answer so satisfied me that my suffering stopped almost immediately.

All of this is a rather lengthy lead up to ask that we please stop inquiring as to the whys of the Aurora shootings or any other senseless acts of violence. The decent will NEVER EVER understand the motivations of those who are indecent. The good will never understand the machinations of evil. Can we instead focus our mental energy on those who deserve it--the victims and those who love them?


Omgrrrl said...


Ms. Moon said...

You are exactly right. Our human minds just WANT there to be an answer, a reason when so often, there is not. Which seems impossible. And yet.
Love you, darling.
Wise words.

Mel said...

I had no words to post about this unfathomable event, because it makes no sense, it never will. Your teacher is a wise man, and so are you for sharing his words and your thoughts on Aurora. My brain is stuck on the picture of Tom Sullivan looking for his son Alex, and the anguishing photo of him crying with friends. My heart aches for all the families broken by a broken man.

My daughter was at the local midnight show of that movie too. I wander around in a fog, looking at random people wondering if they are capable of such cruelty.

I will say this, and it's mean, but who takes young children and babies to midnight movies? Loud, violent movies? Makes no sense either.
This is a crazy damn world.

Thanks for these words and for being you. xo

mrs.missalaineus said...

your teacher is a wise soul, thank you for sharing this comfort as our nation reels from this horrific event. what gets me is that knowing the 'why' never brings back those we have lost. thinking of you-


Big Mark 243 said...

Well-said!! Bravo, and I agree most heartily with your post!!

gradydoctor said...

Preach, sister.

Morgaine said...

probably the best blog post i've read from you - and definitely among the best i've read from anyone. hear, hear. and everlasting thanks for passing on your teacher's words of comfort and wisdom, which can be applied in so many situations.

Rena said...


Sarcastic Bastard said...

Thanks to all of you for your comments. I read and enjoy EVERY one.

A special thanks to those of you who are still reading my occasional posts after a rather lengthy absence. You are all beloved to me, and I think of you often. Thanks for sticking with me. You are my family.


Syd said...

I've missed you. You are right. This is another example of what the sane will not understand, just as there is so much killing everywhere that goes on every day. Who understands such things?