Today, with great sadness, my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of the theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
Cinema lightens our hearts with stories of dreams coming true. We escape into this reality of good conquering evil for awhile, and cheer our heroes to victory. Death and violence are supposed to remain firmly in the realm of fantasy. An actor merely holding his breath while the close up on his final moments elicits either our grief, or cheers.
Today, our tears are very much real. There will be no cheering at curtain close tonight. And now, we are all holding our breath once again; trying desperately to understand.
But we cannot make sense of such an act; we may never understand the "whims of a madman."
Why give him the fame he so wickedly sought? This vile deed has nothing to do with Batman, or comics, or Hollywood at all. This movie is merely the peg he choose to hang his crazy upon. It could have been something else: another time, another place. It could have been any of us, just as easily.
So, isn't our time better spent remembering and honouring the lives that were so tragically shortened? I'd like to think I could look back years from now and discover that History has told their stories........and that time has long forgotten "whatshisname".
Wouldn't you like to know more about Jessica Ghawi? (aka "Redfield)
Did you know she recently survived a mall shooting here in Canada? You can read her blog post about it HERE. And if that doesn't give you chills, I don't know what would.
Or how about 6 year old Veronica Moser?
What might her life story have been?
Yes.....those are stories I would sit still in the dark and watch unfold.
Be kind to one another.
Say "I love you" every chance you get.
And remember, there are other forces at work in this world besides the will of evil.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."