“There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.” No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
I am haunted by the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre of all those innocent babies. It seems disrespectful to post about more holiday cheer today, when so many are grieving and will experience the worse Christmas ever. The loss of a child, especially to violence is something I cannot even imagine. My 81 year-old- mother still has not gotten over the death of my brother who passed away three years ago, no parent should have to go through this unnatural loss. Those of us that are parents do not send our children to school thinking that there is a possibility that a shooting may take place.
I question who are we becoming as a nation? Based on the events of the past year this craziness can happen anywhere, the movies, mall, churches and now kindergarten. I wish I knew a solution to this madness. Mental illness is a legitimate disease, yet so many people don’t want to acknowledge it, do to the stigma attached. I have
a few numerous friends and family members that refuse to treat and recognize that their loved ones are battling mental illness. Their attitude is sweep it under the rug and perhaps it will go away, or so and so does so well in school, no way she could have any problem, or sometimes I hear “so and so is “crazy”, or he has a “drinking” problem that’s all, or so and so sleeps all day, I could go on and on with the excuses I hear, anything but this person needs help.
We are a society that is so concerned with what others think, so much so that we would rather hide like cowards than face the truth for fear of judgement by others, who btw probably have a shit load of madness ready to fall out of the closet. We don’t want others to know where we grew up (Compton), where we went to school (UCR
dropped kicked out and then went back class of 2006), we don’t want people to come over for fear of “house” judgement, we are constantly trying to be something else other than ourselves.
We cannot help the genetic card our children were dealt, but we as parents have a responsibility to be brave enough to get them the necessary help.
And this gun thing…WTF who needs semi-assault high-powered rifle?
My thoughts and prayers are with these heartbroken families in Newtown.