This is going to be short. I’m not taking advantage of the situation; I just feel this is a better way to approach it without making some throwaway FB post. Besides, this blog is a way to archive my own history, it makes sense to mark this day.
I’m not pushing any kind of agenda, unless you want to call a general call of respect and understanding an agenda. Maybe it is.
All I really want to say is that today’s event is a tragedy that will be remembered as a piece of tragic, unnecessary events that shocked and appalled our nation. And it seems when events like this happen (it kills me to say that) people are understandably horrified, angered, saddened and any other number of descriptives.
But as I watch facebook and the news to find out information, it seems like these events end up turning us against each other, rather than giving us common ground to stand on. We all have our own thoughts and ideas about how to handle this situation, as well as how to prevent it from happening again.
More often than not, however, we get defensive. We let our intense feelings of grief and anger and despair fuel us.
There’s nothing wrong with healthy discourse. But when we move into stalemate and inaction, it becomes a dangerous result. If we throw our hands up and say “Some people are just fucked up, I guess,” than we can certainly expect something like this to happen again.
I know how completely fucked today is and was. I know how awful and hopeless many of us feel about this.
But we have to use these opportunities to move forward and make life better for all of us. This isn’t something that just hit Connecticut. This isn’t just about children or schools. This isn’t just about guns and mental illness. If we don’t discuss and consider and understand and debate in a healthy way, this will simply become another tragedy we’ll remember years from now and lament the loss of life this day.
All I’m saying is we can’t let this become some kind of divisive issue. This can’t become about red vs. blue or, once again, we’ll allow some silly tag stand in the way of the kind of progress that’s meant to protect ourselves and our children.
My heart is broken today and I didn’t even lose anyone close to me. I can’t begin to imagine how brutal this is for the families in Newton. If you’d like to start the conversation here, please do so in the comments below.