Virginia Tech Massacre--Finding Peace

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Sometimes I'm just amazed at the ignorance of people. I've come across many blog entries that are outright idiotic but usually chalk it up to 'that's where they're coming from' or 'everyone's entitled to their opinion'. However, some Erie bloggers recently have been spewing forth complete garbage that needs to be addressed. The gist is this: those students killed at Virginia Tech were partly to blame for their death by not fighting back. Underlying this is the premise that American's have been lulled into submission and taught not to self-defend. I reject this in all of its absurdity and callousness.

I was absolutely furious this morning after reading these two Erie bloggers, <a href="http://www.sassafrassin.com/?p=636">Sassafrassin </a>and <a href="http://koderas-korner.blogspot.com/2007/04/somebody-has-to-say-it.html">Kodera</a>, for their statements. To try and disguise their comments as intellectual or serious commentary would be disingenuous. Flat out, they are out of line and need to be called out on their statements and insinuations. Disregarding the fact that no one really knows what was going on in the minds of those who were murdered, but to turn around and somehow place the blame on them is reprehensible. It&#39;s disgusting. It&#39;s obscene. Although part of me realizes that what is going on here are people trying to understand and give meaning to what is completely senseless and without explanation, these kinds of statements reveal underlying problems of our society. Not only does it reveal a deeper violent tendency, but a lack of ability for compassion and understanding--both of which are essential to Peace in this world. To these two bloggers, who seem to be professedly conservative (and at least one has expressed he is Christian), Jesus Christ would be considered a liberal pansy for allowing himself to be executed and for making the statement, "If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also." Instead we&#39;re all expected to be like warriors in some Hollywood flick, living up to superficial ideals.

You know, part of my response and anger to these two bloggers has to do with the fact that I&#39;m confused and angry about what happened as well. But I hope that I have enough sense to step back and to see the humanity of it all but more importantly God in all of this. While working out at the gym, I was randomly watching the overhead television sets when a particular segment on Good Morning America caught my eye. A <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/VATech/story?id=3055979&page=1">young woman</a> who almost found herself killed and even lost a friend in the massacre said this: "I lost, I lost a friend. I lost one of the girls in my Bible study. And I know, I know, I know that she&#39;s already forgiven him. I know she was probably praying for him when he was in her classroom and when he was shooting people." I was shocked when I saw that she said this and also said herself that she wants to forgive as well. Instead of placing blame or expressing hatred, this young woman has a sense clarity and perspective that those of us could only hope to have. Also, if you watch the video of her accounting of what happened, I think you&#39;ll see how ridiculous these two bloggers suggestions are.

We should be trying to do more good in this world, not talk about how if we would be in the situation of those students at Virginia Tech how we would beat our chest and smash someone&#39;s skull in. Violence begets violence and this kind of discourse only sustains the miserable status quo. Instead of trying to blame one another, we should be supporting each other through prayer and solace.

Here&#39;s something you can do if you&#39;re feeling helpless after this tragic event: do something nice for a complete stranger this week if the opportunity arises--hold the door longer than you normally would, resist flipping off that driver who cut you off, or buy that homeless guy a cup of coffee or a sandwich. Your act doesn&#39;t have to raise to the level of heroic--just human. It&#39;s all that we can expect of each other.

Posted by <a href="http://richardz.com/contact.php">RichardZ.com </a> on April 19, 2007 11:46 AM | <a href="http://richardz.com/blog_archive/2007/04/virginia_tech_massacrefinding_peace.php">Permalink</a>

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RichardZ, "Virginia Tech Massacre--Finding Peace," in The April 16 Archive, Item #978, http://www.april16archive.org/items/show/978 (accessed April 18, 2014).