Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Early Friday morning I started writing here. It was going to be about all the trivialities of life that have kept this blog silent: sickness, toddlers, Christmas preparations, work. Nothing out of the ordinary. But by mid-morning I was rendered speechless and an inane blog post was the last thing on my mind. So I stayed silent. I kept my nose to the grindstone at work, but my thoughts were somewhere else as I tried to imagine the terror and the grief. I tried to make sense of the senseless. I resisted the urge to drive across town and pick Scout up early. I went home to my family. I lingered in Scout's room a little longer than normal before bedtime.
I did my best to stay away from the media coverage over the weekend. Not because I don't care and not because it isn't important. I understand the desire for information in an attempt to piece together and make sense of it all. But watching the coverage just escalated my fear and rage and anxiety and sadness. I'm not close to this tragedy. I don't know anyone involved. I don't live nearby, but I think we are all impacted when something like this happens. It is a violation of our fundamental social compact with one another, and when the victims are young children and those that teach them I think it's even harder to process. They were all just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it could have happened anywhere.
As the days pass and we move forward, we will need to stop and try to understand where, as a society, we have gone wrong. And while we can't make sense of the senseless, assign motivation to the unthinkable, or prevent every act of terror and violence, we can do more. We can insist on improving our mental health care system and providing better access and services for individuals and families who need help and care. We can take reasonable steps to prevent the proliferation of semi-automatic weapons without curtailing the rights of rational and responsible gun owners. There is plenty of common ground on this to at least take a small step. And just because those small steps won't result in a complete eradication of similar violence doesn't mean we shouldn't take them.
The only thing I can offer is a link to 26 moments from 2012 that (might) restore your faith in humanity.
Posted by Libby at 10:57 AM