This may come off as ignorant, but I don’t watch the news. To be honest, it scares the crap out of me and I would rather live in a happy bubble of ignorance than be scared to leave my house. The only information that gets relayed to me is via Facebook or word of mouth.
If you haven’t heard by now, there was a shooting last night at the midnight showing of the The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. I started seeing Facebook statuses about it this morning, and it literally broke my heart. 12 killed, 50 wounded. How could someone do something so terrible? Babies, children, adults. Will we ever know why? Will we ever understand the sick and twisted thoughts that caused this man to do something so horrific?
There have been school shootings, gym massacres, and airplanes being hijacked. Now we have to fear watching a movie without someone walking in the emergency exit and killing for no reason? Is anywhere safe?
Being afraid to leave your house is no way to live life. But how can we not? People used to ask me how I stayed so calm and didn’t worry about Zach getting killed in action while in Afghanistan. Trust me, I worried about that everyday but never let it affect me and consume me. My answer when people asked me this? So many terrible things have happened here that the chances of him getting hurt there or here are almost equal.
I will be saying extra prayers tonight. Prayers for the victims of this terrible crime. Prayers for the family members who have to feel this terrible pain and deal with the loss of their loved ones for no reason at all. And prayers that the sick people in this world find help and healing and that these pointless crimes cease.
Things like this really make you think, or at least they should. They should make everyone want to be a little nicer. You never know what someone is going through or how what you say or what you do can affect them. Especially now with the power of the internet, things spread like wildfire. Be careful how you speak to or about people; you could change the world with a simple act of kindness.
We’ve all seen the following quote on Facebook. Today, I encourage everyone to really think about what this means. Maybe things like shootings could be avoided if we were all a little more compassionate.
“You know the girl you just called fat? She overdosed on diet pills. You know that girl you just called ugly? She spends hours putting on make-up hoping people will like her. That boy you just tripped? He is abused enough at home. See that man with the ugly scars? He fought for his country. That guy you just made fun of for crying? His mother is dying. “
Take responsibility for yourself and your actions. God bless the victims and families from the Colorado shooting, and all other tragedies we’ve witnessed this past year.