I feel that, if only briefly, we all are united by our feelings after the horror last Friday. Others have written poignantly about the evil that visited a town in Connecticut, of so many lives so young and now extinguished, of the terror of the day that will long haunt the survivors, or how we all break down at the mention of the names of the children. We cannot help but think of our own greatest treasures, our children, and how fragile these treasures are.
For a brief while, the nation is united in grief.
But we cannot dwell too long over this evil and the tragic loses. We cannot become stuck in pondering the acts of last Friday, least we become caught up in the negativity of the evil. We, as individuals, as communities, and as a nation must, in time, move on, honoring those who have passed by asking how we as a nation need to change. We all want our children to be safe at school. And we so desperately want this to never, ever happen again.
But, already, as we consider why this happened and what we can do to prevent it, our unity comes undone. There are issues related to gun laws, to the care of those with mental problems, to how to secure our schools, and how to detect those who might commit such hideous acts. And already, most of us fall back to long-held positions on these issues.
Yet, many of us say “enough!” And some are willing to look anew at the issues and what we should do.
At this point the issues become political and I will discuss them in my political blog.
But my final thought on this matter is about the so-called Doomsday scenarios that some believe are coming soon: the end of the Mayan calendar and the fiscal cliff. Just a week ago I wrote a post making some fun at them.
Like Y2K doom and gloom predictions, the media and many folks have become obsessed about a Doomsday in our times. Yet, Y2K passed and no Doomsday. Instead it came on Sept. 11, 2001.
Well, same thing this year. I suspect everything will be fine on Dec. 22nd and January 1st. Instead, Doomsday came to Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012.