Dealing with Tragedy: Thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

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This post has nothing to do with copywriting and little to do with songwriting (other than the fact that its content could possibly inspire some new song material in the near future.) Sometimes I just need a chance to express myself, so occasionally you might find a rant or two on this site that doesn’t seem to fit in with the site’s overall topic(s). Sorry if that breaks all of the rules of blogging, but this is something I feel is worth talking about, so I’m just going to take a few minutes to interject my 2 cents into the conversation. Whether you like what I have to say or agree with it doesn’t really matter to me. Either way, I think we should all try and keep this conversation as friendly as possible.

I heard about the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre through Facebook, as I’m sure many others did. As soon as I saw that nearly every post in my feed had to do with another school shooting, I thought to myself, “great … it’s time to take another break from Facebook again…”

Now before you dismiss me as a cold, heartless b!+@#, hear me out. I, like all of you, was very saddened by the news that 20-some children had died in a school massacre committed by a man labeled “mentally ill.” And of course, my first instinct is to pray for those children and their families. And I do think it’s great that events like these bring us all closer together as people, make us more thankful for the things and people we have in our lives and force us to get on our knees and pray to God. Inwardly, we are all thankful for what we have and we will pray for those victims and their families, and we may even get a little emotional about it. But do we need to advertise our every thought  and action surrounding this incident to all of our Facebook followers?

I’ll let you answer that how you will. I’m not here to criticize anyone for being openly empathetic and sensitive to what happened by entering the discussion on a social network. I’ve made a few related Facebook posts of my own recently, so I can’t blame others for doing it. This event, and all of the aftermath I’m seeing on Facebook  just sort of opened my eyes to how narcissistic we humans really are. (And just so you know, I am a part of the “we” I refer to here.)

Children die all over the world every single day and we don’t say a word about it. We continue to be wasteful, while third world countries go hungry. We advocate abortions, wars that cause massive amounts of bloodshed and knowingly vote people into office who are pro-torture. When tragedy strikes on our own soil we’re quick to jump on the Facebook wagon and tell the world how much we’re praying. We (Christians in particular) exploit tragedy as an opportunity to prove how “holy” we are. And we actually believe that tightening gun laws will get to the root of the excessive problems our world is facing. It truly baffles me how ignorant we can be. And what baffles me even more is how merciful our God has been to all of us in spite of it.

He is the one who is holy. Yes, we should pray for the children who died and for their families. Yes, we should pray for the madman who gunned them down. Yes, we should pray for our country and the people who are running it. And while we’re down on our knees, let’s not forget to thank the one who brought us to that point of prayer and showed us mercy during our own episodes of “madness.”

That is all. Thanks for reading my rant. If you’d like to comment, feel free, but please remember to keep the discussion friendly. Any negativity or bashing will get deleted!

-SL

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