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A Reflection [Apr. 17th, 2007|11:10 am]
Yesterday at the Virginia Tech University 32 people’s lives were taken and many others left wounded in what is being called the worst shooting massacre in United States history. It is still hard for me to comprehend. Over the last six years this country has seen the worst terrorist attack it has ever known on September 11, the worst natural disaster with Hurricane Katrina, and now the worst shooting rampage ever just yesterday at Virginia Tech University. It was hard for me to just go through my day yesterday after hearing the news of what happened on the campus of Virginia Tech. I struggled to understand how such carnage could be possible. It seems that we hear of death and turmoil everyday coming out of Iraq, parts of Africa, parts of Central America, and all around the world, but we do not think of our country as being vulnerable or prone to these types of gruesome acts. I think we need to look at this country with a new perspective after reflecting back on the last few years and all the horrible and tragic events we have seen. We are a country that is being humbled from the safe and secure image we so long had.
I do not question why things like this happen because I know in the end I will never find an answer that satisfies me but I do know this: I can see how something like this can happen. We live in a culture of death and we have become completely numb to the beauty and sanctity of every single life. We are surrounded by death and because of it we have become numb to it. Everyday we pick up a newspaper or watch the news and hear how many today were killed in Iraq or on the streets of our own city and then we just move onto the weather and sports. We become numb to these people that are killed. These are people that have lives and families but for our own sanity we move on. Everyday countless numbers of children are taken from us because of abortion yet we are not moved as a country to protect the unborn, the most defenseless of those around us. We make ourselves the ultimate judge on who deserves to live and does not with barbaric and mindless state sponsored executions. Our country tortures and humiliates in secret under notion of national security. And now there are some who wish to pass laws that allow doctors to kill their patients in what they believe to an act of mercy. I pose this question, when does it end? It is my prayer and hope that something like what took place at Virginia Tech yesterday can at the very least shed some light onto the reality of how special, sacred, and fragile human life is. God has given life to us and by no means do we have the right infringe upon that. Not ever. We all have been given a great gift and we must defend it. We must refuse to become numb to those who killed, tortured, marginalized, forgotten, defenseless, and unprotected in this world or this world will continue to become a more frightening place for us all.

[User Picture]From: xswampx
2007-04-18 01:16 am (UTC)
I love reading/hearing whatever it is you have to say, it's always very insightful and inspirational. Not to be a buzzkill, but Dekalb is also had some minor tragedies just this week alone. Someone was beat up to death the other night, today biker was hit by a car and the victims legs were maimed badly, and rumor has it their might be another unfortunate soul who experienced a travesty of some type. Depressing week.
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[User Picture]From: paigemaster86
2007-04-18 02:47 am (UTC)
Kevin, you rock. I totally agree. It is unnerving to hear of the events at Virginia Tech and it reminds me how fragile life really is, and to appreciate what I have now. Take care Kevin!
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