Friday, April 16, 2010

Reflection: Virginia Tech, 3 years later

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech. I'd like to share with you the MySpace blog I wrote about the incident. I'm certain that there are scores of people still affected, and will be for years to come. As always, thanks for coming through and reading! Feel free to share your memories about that horrifying time in our history.

April 18, 2007 - Wednesday
Aftermath Of A Tragedy...
Current mood: contemplative
Category: News and Politics

It is 2 days after the Virginia Tech shootings as I write this. A pall is cast over the entire state and country. As more questions are answered, even more are asked. At my job, as the horrifying events unfolded and we were repeatedly shocked at the rising death toll, some people speculated that this was a terrorist act. Living in an area with a strong military presence, their concerns were not a surprise. However, I knew this was no terrorist killing 32 innocent people.

My theory was that it was a Columbine-like situation. A scenario where the shooter was an outsider, not necesarrily accepted in social circles. To an extent, this was the case. The young man, Seung-Hui Cho, isolated himself. It is said that he was unresponsive to classmates' attempts to befriend him, or hang out. The question that remains is why? Was he so picked on at an earlier age that he gave up on trying to "fit in?" Being that he went to a female victim's dorm room to start his rampage, was he rejected by women on a regular basis? What was it that allowed evil to take over his mind and body, and enable him to commit such an unthinkable act?

The biggest question is "now what?" Where do we go from here? What can we learn from the largest mass shooting in U.S. history? Will we learn anything at all, or will we go back to our same, callous, "hate-on-the-next-person" ways, once the healing process is done? My guess is that the apathy and selfishness that returned quickly after 9/11 will return sooner, rather than later. Collectively, we will continue to conjure up reasons why we're "better" than the next person. We need somebody to look down upon to make us feel better about ourselves.

People, I ask you to take stock of your lives. Have you accomplished everything that you needed, or wanted in your existence? Is YOUR world absolutely perfect? I know mine isn't. It's something we really need to think about before we start ridiculing the next person because they don't have what we think they "should" have. I'm not a religious person, but I am spiritual. I'm thinking that somebody is trying to tell us something. Large-scale events such as this one are occurring with more and more frequency, whether it be murders or deaths from natural disasters.

In closing, I would ask that we start thinking about this... Before you ridicule the person at your school, or your job,thinking that what happened at Virginia Tech won't happen where you are, ask yourself if you think those 32 victims thought it could happen there.

Prayers go out to the victims and their families,as well as the shooter and his family.