There were other things I wanted to write about in this post, but I don’t seem able to turn my mind from the heartbreaking events in Tucson. It feels like a stone in my heart. I don’t know how to find the wisdom to say anything that will change anything.
January 8, 2011. Another date that will live in infamy. We really have too many of them, you know.
I cannot understand if there is really more hate in the world or it is just that our populations are much larger and that causes more tragedy to happen. Or if our society has really degenerated so much because people give their minds to media to be twisted and distorted and we don’t know how to act anymore.
That sounds fairly senseless. I don’t know that I can make any sense about this horror.
I remember Gandhi was once asked what he thought about western civilization and he said he thought it would be a good idea. But of course, it is not only western civilization. It seems to be everywhere. Is there more fear? Is that what makes a time of change so vulnerable? I really don’t know.
I know there was a lot of hatred and willingness to act upon it when I was growing up. Some things have improved, at least among some people. But as long as there are enough people willing to listen to demagogues and thus keep them profitable, I imagine we will keep moving in the wrong directions. It could be a leader of the Taliban. It could be Rush Limbaugh. Personally I am unable to perceive the difference between them.
I keep coming back to the thought of Christina Taylor Greene, born on September 11, 2001. So a beautiful life, such kindness, talent and such aspiration. All destroyed by a tragically misguided unbalanced soul with a gun. And it makes me cry. And those who incite such unbalanced people with their rage and hate rhetoric and call it entertainment also make me weep for this country.
I am a normally optimistic person and hope to return to that state of mind soon, but just now, it eludes me.