Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
On that fateful day, Thursday, November 5, 2009, the lives of the innocent military people stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, were struck with such a blow that shook them, our country and the world. It is hard to explain nor understand why things happened the way that they did, leaving everyone the shock of disbelief and sorrow for them and their loved ones. In this moment of grief, we pray that the victims will eternally feel the warmth of their last embrace and the shadow of their smiles, and that their loved ones cherish the memories that will never fade away.
Let us remember that to commit such a heinous act one must be insane. I feel the man was out of his mind; or had no mind anymore. There are never any ways to rationalize these horrific events. Sometimes there are no ‘logical’ reasons. The human mind always wants to give meaning to what it sees. That is how we are made.
And yes, he is responsible for his acts even if he was insane. Some days I wonder what the animals and birds think of us humans who kill for other than to eat.
When my brother Stephen was shot at age 43 on Dec 5 1987, the grief therapist told me 2 things I must try to understand to begin to heal: 1) I will want to have a reason why this happened. I most probably may never know the reason; 2) that when I heard the news of his shooting my life changed inexplicably forever more and I would never be the same person as I was before I heard the news. I just accept now that it happened. She was right. I still have no ‘good’ reason why he died. Am I any more comfortable with this; no not really, I still grieve his passing each year as December 5th gets closer. Some years are easier than others.
The families of all the victims will be shattered now too. They have joined the club of survivors of homicide; a group they never would have voluntarily joined.
Our world is just so crazy and undisciplined. Perhaps eventually the pendulum will swing so far it will begin to fall back to a middle ground of respect, logic, common sense and human dignity will be honored.
Let us light our candles with prayers for the brave military men and women in Ft. Hood, TX and everyone in the military and their families.
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