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I Don't Like Mondays [Apr. 16th, 2007|11:54 am]
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Oh no.

There has been terrible shooting at Virginia Tech22 33 people have been killed.

*sad*
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2007-04-16 06:47 pm (UTC)

Whitman

I feel sick. I remember when I read about the Texas tower shooting. I was a kid and it didn't make any sense. My parents didn't understand it either. I don't understand this horrible event any more than at least 30 people were in the wrong place during an emotional tornado. It is like a virus that infects some people and pops up in the most random places.

I just returned from my swim and I was feeling so healthy and confident in life. I read this story and I almost burst into tears. If I wasn't at work, I would have.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-04-16 07:08 pm (UTC)

Re: Whitman

I'm sorry you're upset. It's just too awful.

I thought of Whitman too. I remember hearing about the Tower shootings when it happened, but like you it didn't make sense to me. In addition, I didn't remember that it had happened in Austin. I'd lived here for a few years before ndozo or Toby told me about it.

Those poor kids.
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2007-04-16 07:18 pm (UTC)

Tsunami

When the tsunami swept all those thousands of people to their creator I was saddened but not horrified. Nature strikes hard but it isn't personal. When people commit these acts, it has a purpose and my framework for thinking about the event changes dramatically. A tiger goes on a rampage and it may be scary, it may have been an awful way to die but that is just what tigers do. They eat. But people, I am people, am I like that, am I capable of this without a rabies virus running through my brain? Is the person next to me, with that violin case and the wicked smile, what is their intention. Forget the violin case, am I just spray in their world view. These events just leave me confused as to how to even approach the world.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-04-16 07:26 pm (UTC)

Random

We are a part of nature. And a big part of the natural universe is randomness. It's all natural. There's really no difference in whether your kid gets killed by a tiger or a tornado or a rock that falls from the cliff above or a car that jumps the curb or a madman with a gun. It's all a part of the natural world.

It's also why I buy lottery tickets.
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2007-04-16 07:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Random

I agree that is makes not difference in the death of the individual. They die. But I feel there is a lingering energy after a madman or a war crime that is like a black hole's gravitational force waiting to suck in the first mass of ugly emotional energy that comes its' way.

I was thinking, if good results in the world, from a natural rain or bountiful crop do I feel differently than if a hero steps forward? The difference isn't that great for me but there is a difference. Sort of like a good-evil Doppler, the wave is longer when bad goes to evil than when good goes to virtue.
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