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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: How do you make sense of the senseless?

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Friday, July 20, 2012

How do you make sense of the senseless?

By now you have all heard about the shooting in Colorado... By now, you have seen the FB post of outrage and condolences.  But what do we do now?  After the initial shock is over, after politicians cancel events in honor of the tragedy and the initial wave of anger fades as everyone goes about their day, how do we make sense of the senseless?

I read the articles, the first hand accounts of an organized gunman propping open a door, throwing down smoke grenades (possibly tear gas), putting a mask on his face and calmly walking in and opening fire on a crowd who thought it was special effects for the premier of the movie.  No one suspected at first, that this young man had a well thought out plan to kill them.  My stomach turned as it was compared to the Columbine shootings, which happened just 13 miles away...

Everyone has a different reaction to these horrible times.  I have seen so many on FB posting their frustration that children, the youngest shooting victim being 3 months old, were at a midnight screening of the show.  They are venting their inability to comprehend these events by blaming the parents for having young children out so late.  But think back to times when you were growing up, out late with your parents because they too, had no thought that something awful would happen.  Everyone tries to sort out the fear in different ways.

We don't know the gunman's motives right now.  At this point, they have not announced having found a letter, a journal entry, or even the man himself, only 24 years old, announcing to the world what led him to such an act of violence and depravity.  It means that we are left to sort through this on our own.  We are left to listen to the stories of survivors and try to understand how this could happen to someone who was doing something that we could see ourselves doing, attending a midnight premier of a highly anticipated movie.  And often, we rationalize our fears by telling ourselves that we would never have children at a midnight showing, so it wouldn't happen to us.  We would have been able to hide faster, run quicker or recognize the danger that no one seemed to sense.

The truth is, in times likes these, there will never be a right or wrong way to react.  That man went into a dark theater with a plan for maximum damage.  He went in fully aware that not a single person in that theater would understand what was happening until it was too late.

I'm not sure we will ever, as people who would not commit such acts of hatred toward another human being, be able to understand.  I can only offer my prayers, my thoughts and my heart to those affected.

I just don't know if we will ever be able to make sense of something so utterly, horrifically senseless.



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3 Comments:

Blogger Mrs. Duh said...

Very well said. This is such a horrible tragedy... far beyond the comprehension of normal, good people. I saw a great quote that stuck with me today, "Our Prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." - Dalai Lama

July 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Marinewife1111 {Marcella} said...

I'm in agreement; People have to always start blaming something or finding fault and miss the point entirely.
Such a tragedy!

July 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

What a beautiful response to such a terrible tragedy.

July 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM  

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