Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Whose fault?


One of the more disturbing elements that has been a feature since the earliest reports of the massacre in Virginia is the quest to blame campus officials for not closing down the college early enough. Sure, if deaths could have been prevented, there is a need to ensure that critical incident policies are more robust in the future - as they will inevitably be after such an awful occurence. But, somehow, all that looking for scapegoats deflects the naked horror that a lone student perpetrated such dreadful carnage. That sort of humanity gone wrong is just so hard to comprehend. It tests my belief that we are all created in God's image. But that is largely because I do not even want to think that there could be such a seed of evil in me. Of course that ventures down the road of the "problem of evil", the "problem of pain" and the like. All those huge questions with no answers even for those with the most robust faith. What I do believe, however, is that, even thousands of miles away in Scotland, my faith and my love can make a difference to all those suffering as a consequence of the evil perpetrated in Virginia simply because we are but one humanity and the suffering is universal. So I offer no answers, not even any comfort but I offer my faith and my love in support of brothers and sisters of humankind.

2 comments:

Cherie said...

You are wise, gentle, kind soul, Liz.

I thank you for your compassion.

Good thoughts for me to ponder today.

Ronnie said...

Yea, there seems to be a need to blame someone(even the shopkeeper appears to be getting his share)almost before the smoke has cleared. And you're right about the seed of evil in us all, suppose it's how we deal with that seed that's the difference?

Still the sun will rise tomorrow and God will be in His heaven - so it ain't such a bad old place.

Cheers,

Ronnie

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