Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Virginia Tech, a year later.

I wanted to write something about what happened at Virginia Tech last year and have been thinking about it all day. I remembered the numb feeling I had when I heard about what happened. I remembered the professor who having survived the Holocaust shielded the door with his body so his students could escape. And I remembered the gunman. I remembered, after the initial shock wore off, feeling sorry for him because he was tormented from within and sought relief for his problems in murder.

It is rather sad that these random acts of mass murder, especially at schools, are becoming more and more common. The loners who used to retreat into books to escape their torment are reaching for guns to physically silence those who torment them. This leads me to believe that people are becoming unable to cope with the ever increasing pace of of 21st Century American life. It also leads me to believe that human life in the 21st Century has become a devalued commodity. And these two things combined lead directly to the school shootings.