Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. - Cyril Connolly
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I'm probably gonna get hate mail for this, and I don't want to be insensitive, but hear me out.

We suffered an horrific, tragic, awful, unspeakable loss as a nation yesterday with the VTech Massacre. Grief is overwhelming, loss is huge, every person affected has a story, and all of the dead or injured were unique, talented, gifted people.

This tragedy was carried out by a lonely, angry, unstable person. It was totally random.

The contrast and reality are, that tragedies of this proportion, with many, many more innocent people involved, are indescrimantely murdered daily, in far greater numbers, by suicide terrorist bombers.

They are seeking the "Glory of God" as martyrs, but the carnage, loss, utter futility, senselessness, and randomness of their acts are no less horrific, heartbreaking, or tragic to the people affected. Their motives are "preordained", calculated, and aimed, at producing the most carnage possible, but so was the VTech killer.

My point is, if this event hurts, and it DOES, take a moment to think about this kind of thing happening three or four times a week, at much higher death rates, for many, many years, and you'll have a small idea of what many other areas of the world have to deal with on a daily basis.

This event shocked us to our core. For many other countries, it's just another day.

THAT'S the real tragedy.
posted by Broadsheet @ 11:45 PM  
2 Editorial Opinions:
  • At April 18, 2007, Blogger Malnurtured Snay said…

    We don't have to think about other countries, Broadsheet - we can just look around and take a notice of Baltimore City's problem with people winding up dead.

  • At April 18, 2007, Blogger tfg said…

    I wonder what the national reaction would have been if this had happened at Coppin.

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