Atheists, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and public debt in today’s letters to the editor.
Pick of the day: Slaughter of innocents should wake us up
Having had the opportunity to serve in the mental health response to the Virginia Tech shootings, I found no meaning in the search to discover the “why” that resided only in Seung-Hui Cho’s mind. We will never know whether it was the existential/spiritual concept of evil, or simply the paranoid torment of a sick mind.
It makes little difference. Sadly, it will happen again.
It is nearly impossible to predict any person’s potential for perpetrating this kind of horror. The successful rarely give cues that are recognized with the necessary understanding and gravity.
Implementing new and more stringent gun laws, increased security and new approaches for evaluating risk in the mental health arena are important, but until we find a way to change our society in some way that we have not yet discovered, we will continue to relive this experience.
We seem to have found a way to tolerate the killings of those who have lived beyond their youth. Hopefully, the incomprehensible slaughter of true innocents will drive “the people” to action: as families, as communities, as a nation.
We cannot allow them to have died in vain.