Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I am a Hokie this week
What a tragic Monday for Virginia Tech and America. Everyone with any idea of the news knows the details.
The tragedy at Virginia Tech reminds us all of the reality of evil in this world and how difficult it is to understand or stop evil at times.
I will not give one line of publicity to the evil young man who killed so many of his fellow human beings. Also, I will not repeat what many of you already know about the stories of heroes and victims of Monday morning. Those heartbreaking stories of young lives snuffed out and an old man going out as a hero will be with all of us for years to come.
What I will do now, as an old politico, is warn you about the politicos and the media. Beware of what is coming. Whether because of selfishness or fear, the media and politicos will look for something other than evil for Monday's tragedy.
The selfish will promote their own agendas. Some will call for more gun control, others will call for more relaxed gun control. Some will call for more public safety spending. Others will demand immigration reform. Even more will blame violence in movies and videos games for Monday's tragic events. Some will blame the local police or President Bush. Others will blame bullying, medication, and so forth.
I do believe the politically and professionally selfish will start the above discussions. They often look for anything to help them promote their agendas. However, there will be a large number of people and media members who will buy into one or more of the above arguments. I believe they will do so because of an unspoken fear.
We human beings have a thirst to quench out evil events with logical explanations. We seem to want to be able to say, "a ha," the man killed those people because of "blah blah blah." We also seem to want to be able to say, "only if this was done, this tragedy could have been prevented." The vast majority of us simply do not want to face the fear that evil can raise its head in this world and act just for evil's sake, with no logical explanation. There are some degrees of evil that no one on this Earth can prevent.
I know some readers will think I am negative or morbid to contend that. Far from it, I believe there is a way to combat evil in this world. First, you must admit it exists. Some will call you ignorant for that. While there are some shades of gray, so to speak, in the world, there is definitely good and evil as well.
When evil acts, such as Monday at Virginia Tech, it must be responded to with good. Good, to me, represents justice for the evil, compassion and prayers for the victims, and a determination to keep on doing good in this world no matter what blow evil deals us.
All of the Virginia Tech community is my prayers. I also pray and hope that the major media will focus not on finding some logical reasons to the evil act, but all the good that is in response to the evil act. We are starting to see some of that good, with people volunteering their time to counsel the community, and with stories of the heroism exhibited that day. One has to believe that good will triumph. That why I say, "Gamecock that I usually am, I am a Hokie this week." May God be with all the Virginia Tech community and give his Grace and comfort to them.