Real Life — Brief Thoughts on Aurora, Colorado

I’m back from my run up to the Midwest, and I was planning to write about some of the hairstyles I found at Hair Fair during the past week. But that can wait for now; something far more relevant to life is on my mind at the moment.

The news from Aurora, Colo., as well as Toronto, Ontario and even near me here in Tuscaloosa, Ala., isn’t something that’s easy to wrap your thoughts around. Madness, however, rarely is. And I don’t think you can ascribe this to anything but madness. Evil, as people see it – the deliberate desire for destruction and mayhem for no reason other than out of pure desire for it – is a rare thing in reality, for which we should all be thankful. Assuming, for the moment, that James Holmes is the killer – highly likely, considering all the evidence to date, but still to be proven in a court of law – his actions must be regarded as the impulses of a sick mind, one that could no longer accept the norms of society for some reason bizarre to the rest of us. It’s our duty as a society to find out why, learn from this, and use that knowledge in the future to prevent any more such events.

The most disturbing thing: that more shootings like this have taken place over the years. Columbine, Colo., for instance, is just across Denver from Aurora; and the events at Columbine High School in 1999 are still in the area’s horrified memory. This is something else we must learn about, and find ways to intercede on and prevent before a new outbreak of violence comes. Is part of it the glorification of violence, itself exemplified in the movie the theatergoers were watching Friday night, The Dark Knight Rises? Is it simply the pressures of our complex world building to a breaking point? Or just sick minds, suddenly breaking from reality and going crazy with murderous intent?

At this point, all we can do is what I’ve recited above, in addition to comforting the victims and their families as they need – and pray. I’m doing so this weekend in my thoughts, thanking God that my own children are safe and that they have been when out on their own in the past, and trusting that He will protect them in the future.

Posted July 22, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in News, Real Life

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