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.

9 comments:

  1. At least it was not a brother with the 9mm that done the damage. If that had happened, Bush would be rounding up black men.

    My brothers in LA have known about the true nature of Koreans for years. Koreans are always quick to shoot a brother there in their half assed stores.

    I don't know is is worse, Koreans or crackers.

    Both of them have women longing for black men.

    Ty

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  2. Brian, I read your blog, but I have not before offered any comment. I have to say, though I disagree with you a lot, I liked this post of yours. I think it came from the heart. It was well said, and as native Virginian, I appreciate it. I am a UVA grad and a Cav, but like you, this week I am a Hokie.

    As a Virginia native, thank you for this and for your clear and frank words.

    Walt

    PS, I would use a screen name, but I am trying to figure out how to, forgive me for the anon post, I know how they give you fits.

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  3. We are all Hokies, this week, Mr. McCarty, but you know, it is rather ignorant of you not to try to find answers to some of the questions.

    If gun control laws were enforced, and more gun control laws were added, and if the campus police had acted more aggressively, the evil you post about would likely have been thwarted. That ought to be mentioned and discussed.

    To me, evil can be defeated with reason, not some fantasy notion of good.

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  4. Who is not a Hokie this week? Still, good stuff. Evil is real,and sometimes hits when we least suspect it too. I enjoyed this post.

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  5. Ty, you're right, mos' "brothers" don't have the money or class to buy a Glock or to be able to hit the side of a Lincoln Navigator with a Glock witout throwing it.

    'sides, since Koreans are really white in your eyes, it is still indefensible for them to waste a prince fo the ghetto in the act of an armed robbery.

    One thing though, it isn't widely publicized, but Korean women are prone to castrate black men with their bare hands, it might explain the unidentifiable stuff in that stir fry take out.

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  6. west_rhinoApril 18, 2007

    Brian, you're on the mark. This week "Ich bin Hokie". A friend's son, by the grace of God, was not in the enigneering building when that phase of this tragedy unfolded, as class had been cancelled due to the instructors illness.

    Ty, I think the last anon might be right, with few exception, one "brother" is incapable of "doing" that many people with a 9mm, your video game experience notwithstanding. On the other hand, according to CDC's figures, brothers are killing each other daily with handguns in numbers exceeding the Virginia Tech "body count" daily, only one or two at a time, cause they don't have the training and probably would do better to throw a rock or use a pointy stick.

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  7. You know, dog, there is truth in what you say. We don't need to reflect on why people decompensate and commit awful acts of violence against their fellow humans. This is tragic, but nothing new. It is "evil" to be sure, but mostly, it is biology, like cancer. It is sickness; this particular patient is cured, he will never do this again, but at the cost of 32 others who were not responsible for his difficulties.
    Our news media, with all the collective wisdom of the "great minds" of our time, Nancy Grace, Oprah, Rosie O'Donnell, Bill O'Reilly (but not Imus), and others have and will continue to try to "make sense" of this senseless act, while others will make futile suggestions about how to make our campuses more secure, much the way we all craved so much more security after 9/11. We are, after all, a society obsessed with our own comfort and security and safety, which of course explains why we drive too fast, drink too much alcohol, eat too much food, smoke too many cigarettes, and sit on our fat asses waiting for the government, our doctor, big companies, our lawyers, our preachers, the police, anybody but us, to do something to protect us.

    I quietly grieve for those who lost loved ones this week, but sadly, our culture loves a good show, the sadder the better so that we can wallow in our collective grief. It is a pacifier to distract us from having to do anything, at least for the present, about any of the real problems that confront our society. We cannot prevent Tim McVeighs or wacked out college students or Ted Bundy's from doing what they do. Don't bask in your grief too long, Brian. There is work to be done.

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  8. If someone would have had a gun, they could have taken this evil man out.

    Let that sink in. Gun control is stupid.

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  9. anon, at the Appalachian Law School, a few miles from VPI, a few students, in response to a similar shooter on campus thate, returned to their cars and cam back with their own guns and took down the shooter. None of those private citizens, acting as the founders considered a militia should, were or will be charged for an act of defense of self and neighbor.

    Virginia Tech's administration, in an act of liberal largesse to terrorists like Cho, waived the rights of the citizens attending its hallowed halls and created a gun free, unarmed victim zone.

    Maybe we need mental health records to have criminal background checks taking a precedence over HIPPA and patient privacy, but the ethics nabobs make too much off their equivocations about a person's privacy having a greater priority than the public's safety. John Hinckley was on Treasury's watch list with how many hundreds or thousands more during Reagan's tenure, but he's the only one that got shots off.

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