As MLB and I stood on the pier, looking out over the Pacific Ocean, the cloudy sky shimmered on the water near the sand.
Life was good.
In the back of my mind, though, the details of the tragedy in Colorado kept playing over and over.
Fundamentally, I kept asking myself, “Why did this happen?”
And I’ll admit, I have few answers. Just more questions.
Is it about relationships? How do we relate to one another?
1. Person-to-person in our small sphere
We used to have relationships with our relatives and neighbors. That doesn’t happen as frequently any more. We stick to ourselves.
Consequently, when we need someone or something, who’s there to help us? As families we are frequently divided over small and, in some cases, large issues where healing seems nearly impossible.
2. Within our smaller community
Didn’t we used to feel there was an obligation to support one another in our villages, towns, and cities? Are we more isolated in our community relationships?
3. Within our country
It seems that because of the lack of relationship with each other at the family and neighborhood level, and within our communities, we have even less relationship to the country as a whole. “It’s those people in Washington.”
How often do we hear about violence within families, between two drivers on the highway, or within our schools?
Are we no longer building those relationships with each other at the lowest level, so that we feel no responsibility or accountability to anyone other than ourselves (sometimes not even to our own consequences)?
Wasn’t it refreshing to see both presidential candidates take pause from their campaigns due to the tragedy in Colorado?
Current campaign tactics have gotten so bad, that mud is slung as far and wide as possible to bring down the character, experience, past, etc. of each candidate.
The majority of people support one of the presidential candidates over the other. However, much like our lack of relationships, we are losing our manners and civility toward people who don’t believe or share the same values that we do.
Disagreement is a given between human beings. That’s what makes life beautiful and gives it variety (the spice of life, right?). But we go beyond disagreement. We now HATE people who don’t believe or think the way we do.
As my thoughts free-flow, perhaps the best way to conclude might be by leaving you with this quote from John Steinbeck:
“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one, that has frightened and inspired us, so that we live in a Pearl White serial of continuing thought and wonder. Humans are caught – in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too - in a net of good and evil. I think this is the only story we have and that it occurs on all levels of feeling and intelligence. Virtue and vice were warp and woof of our first consciousness, and they will be the fabric of our last, and this despite any changes we may impose on field and river and mountain, on economy and manners. there is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well – or ill?” John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Sorry about the uncharacteristic seriousness.
This was something I needed to get out of my head.
I’ve added this interesting link about 3 heroes from the shooting: