Letter to the Editor, What do we learn from Tragedy after Tragedy?by Stephen J. Mitskavich on 12/17/12
Tragedy after tragedy most will reflect on how horrible another mass slaughter of innocent people is. For a short time most people will exclaim something has to be done about these situations. A few will be moved by their heart and undertake positive action. Some become politically active and others address people directly in an attempt to effect positive change. After tragedy, a tremendous outpouring from communities provides warmth and comfort to friends and families whose lives have been shattered by or touched with anguish and pain, perpetrated by the actions of one person or two people. Most people will say how horrible, offer condolences, possibly make a donation and then promptly return to their busy lives. The media will show compassion and communicate the steps members of the community are taking towards healing and necessary closure. Healing will help move the act of terror to a less painful place. However it will not address the underlying hatred which is at root. People and their actions are a reflection of society. If our society and economy serves the needs of select groups and ignores everyone else we will continue to experience tragedy after tragedy with increased frequency. How and what we teach, how we rear our young and youth, how we treat our individuals, families, under-privileged and the old, social economic conditions, the misuse of religion for political gain, choosing to ignore science, promoting selfish interests and passing selfish laws are just a few of the many choices we have control over. All affect our society. Our daily news reports the results of our actions. Our track record is deplorable. Unfortunately many dangerous and destructive personalities have been elevated to celebrity status and given a voice by our media to push agendas which serve select people, organizations, political groups and corporations. Systematically they degrade and diminish the human value of others, while promoting network and personal agendas with lies and half-truths has brought fame and fortune to a few and for others, grief. Encouraging destructive dialogue and actions has brought pain. Messages filled with misinformation daily reach millions of people who unknowingly surround themselves with it. They slowly poison their views and allow hatred to enter their lives. Before our memories of the brutal murders once again diminish into time, we must honor the souls of the deceased by working together and let compassion and love guide our hearts. We must use discernment to make the tough choices and wise decisions required to solve our many pressing societal problems.