On Friday I wrote a post for the Montana Romance Writers expressing what I believe is the only answer to the tragedy — love in all its forms.
With a book it’s easy. If you don’t like a scene, you delete it and do it over. There is no “do-over” for the children at Sandy Hook Elementary. Or the shooter.
But there is a “do-over” for the rest of us. As the rhetoric rises for and against gun control, there are people expressing hard truths among the noise. A frightening, but honest, portrayal of a mother’s trial with her mentally ill son, made the rounds at Facebook. A suggestion to do a mitzvah (act of kindness) for everyone killed in Newtown was retweeted multiple times. And, as always in times of great tragedy, new connections were forged among people who never had the time to connect.
I discovered a new book which I know I need to read. Columbine, by Dave Cullen, was written after ten years of research. Cullen also provides a website with tools and resources for people who want to reach out to someone who might be troubled–troubled enough to take action that will impact others in his or her path (although they tend to be young males, these killers among us.)
When I was nine, Jack Kennedy made his “Ask not…” speech. It was a good question at the time and it’s a good question now. How can we reach out in love to the rest of our fellow countrymen and women? How can you contribute to….
- A sane dialogue about gun regulation?
- Working toward better mental health support?
- Another person’s view of themselves and of the world?
- 28 mitzvahs?
If we only continue to think of ourselves, our fears of tomorrow and how we can no longer tolerate the “other” in America, I believe we will continue to lose what’s best about our country.
What do you think?
(I’ve written a sequel to this post talking about the fear generated by this event.)