this is not meant in bad taste, only to show that what happened in Virginia Tech could have happened at any college. It's what shocks everyone in this country, the victims are like the same people we know, same as our college friends, same professors living the dream of sharing knowledge and making a difference in someone's life, same day to day acquaintances we may never consider important, same random fellow students with dreams and goals working hard toward some sort of career or life of service, or perhaps some students the same shirtless guys found at any college athletic game......Can't you picture a college building with the generic painted brick hallways, and classrom like any other full of students from different cliques and sides of campus toting their backpacks and rolling into class each morning with the same hoodie sporting the school's logo, a safe place where young men come and go regularly year to year during that time in their lives experiencing each needed step of "the college life"? And then the real world infringes upon that life. An attack like this wakes us all up to wonder what might be happening to our national community as a whole, that such hate and cruelty could exist among any of us, and even then to act out so violently and willingly. And we are left with the questions of why and how. Why hadn't something been done that could have prevented this man from continuing down such a dark twisted hole of self hate and loneliness. And how can we learn to remain feeling secure and safe, and to attempt prevention of such actions ever being repeated.
It's difficult to stop watching and listening to news. But each one has a story. And no one knows yet just how anything could have been prevented if at all. I begin to think about what I might like to print out with a prayer included and take to the OKC national memorial this weekend to leave as a memorial to the victims.