Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Evil Needs No Why
I have stopped trying to understand the reasoning, the objectives, the point low life's use initiate such ghastly acts. I have also stopped trying to find convenient labels that might offer excuses as to why these losers do what they do. At some point, their reasons mean nothing once they enact their twisted perspectives into real action. They stop being human and become something else. Something evil inside a human vessel. Any shred of humanity is gone once they have drawn down on their targets. Any hope of saving them from themselves or saving us from them is gone as soon as their insane perspective becomes physical action. Then it is time to clean up after them.
As a parent myself, I cannot fathom the depths of grief the parents of the 20 children killed are feeling right now. I feel somewhat guilty that I hope I never do know those depths. I do understand the need to find something to blame besides the perpetrator. And because firearms were used, they become the convenient "other evil" in this scenario. Unfortunately focusing all the attention on guns does nothing to address the core problem. The core problem of mental illness. For too long this country has been focused on controlling the tools of violence and not focusing on the user of those tools. We are a reactive society, not a proactive one.
Maybe in addition to cleaning up some gun issues, maybe our leaders will also give mental illness and the damage it causes the attention it deserves. We do that even half assed successfully and I imagine it will have a more positive impact than trying to control the stupid number of guns in this country.
This perspective from a mother of another troubled youth.
Image "The Grief Knot" from The Hungry Tiger and Wikipedia