Friday 14th December 2012

by sophie

but what is more of a tragedy than anything is the state of mental healthcare and the lack of prevention for these sorts of crimes in our society.

one is free to antagonize whomever one wishes to. yet i believe in my heart that no sane, or even insane human being would act in such a way unless he or she felt that there was no other choice. this is America, land of choices. but matters of death are often about the lack thereof– or feeling that way, which i believe to be, for all intents and purposes, practically equivalent (you may argue with me on a different day). and whose good judgement may we call to mark another as insane?

it is a shame, and a tragedy. may those wounded heal, and those killed rest in peace.

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3 Responses to “my heart goes out to those affected by tragedy”

  1. Wayne Kim says:

    “Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan”. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!” -Joker

    Poverty, corrupt governments, economic/social/cultural issues, wars, etc leading to the death of hundreds of children, (even more if you count in adults) all over the world hundreds everyday. I am not discounting the passing of those this morning but it leads to that question whether we feel more morally responsible for whole world or only those in the States. Is it less human to favor certain groups over others?

    Maybe now we are “used to” certain things and become numb to them: poverty in Africa, war in the Middle East, sex-trafficking in Brazil, and other atrocities we don’t even know about.

    However, I do believe that, universally, no one could provide acclaim for the death of children by murder. But still, the cold yet critical side of me points out solely to the numbers and then points at our heads and whether they are too swayed by the heart.

    • sbchou says:

      thanks Wayne, for your thought-provoking comment, which I just saw now. i agree with your sentiments, and myself often think about the issue of favoring certain groups over others. it is, of course, on some level natural to empathize with those that are closest to us on a societal and/or physical level. great food for thought, will check out the article.