Perhaps this post is too soon for some people to find appropriate, and for that I apologize to those who don’t want to Go Here. I understand that we all process information differently and in our own time.
Nevertheless, I want to raise up several issues that have bothered me for quite awhile – lack of mental health assessement and treatment, our increasing capacity to turn a head away from issues that are just too icky to deal with, and what we are doing as a nation to have laws in force that allow anyone, anyone, even the ones on a downward spiral towards a place that is isolated from the rest of the world, to buy weapons and bullets and smoke bombs and deadly chemicals easily and without tracking.
It breaks my heart that there are so many victims still in the hospital, that there are so many dead, that there are so many loved ones who can’t sleep, or if they do, wake a few hours later and realize that their nightmare is in fact reality. So many whose lives will never be the same. My heart goes out to that young woman who is John’s public defender. Was this the job she was anticipating? Probably not. She must have a deep and genuine commitment to the justice system. My heart goes out to this young man who society and friends and family have abandoned.
So, I feel that this young man’s upcoming trial is also our trial. I think what’s on trial is perhaps our capacity for compassion, ability to care for one another, and how we have focused our anger and disappointments not in meaningful ways, but toward the greedy and selfish side of existence..
I have only questions, as do the rest of us.
I don’t wish for this to be a diary about gun laws, or the power that the NRA holds over us. There will be more than enough opportunities for that. I’m hoping others like myself who want to be philosophical in a discussion about this recent violent action can engage. And, share.
Perhaps some consideration needs to happen.