Well I’m supposed to be starting one of my many New year’s resolutions today (Yes, start now if you mean it) which is to blog every weekday, but I just kind of got floored by this Connecticut shooting.
I’m going to unplug, turn off the TV and stay off of social media and news websites today. I don’t need details, in spite of the natural morbid curiosity we all feel. The inevitable media frenzy which will happen for the next 2 weeks about this thing makes me sick as well.
It’s exploitative to follow up a tragic massacre like this with specific details about the event and the shooter. Yes, everybody wants to know all about it, but do we really need to know what gun he used, what high school he went to, what he did for work, etc.
The answer, for me, is no.
I feel that nothing meaningful can be learned from or gained from running over this again and again, so I’m out…
I’m going to avoid following the story as best I can.
Not because I want a blissful ignorance where I can exist in my own world of butterflies and rainbows, but because I know the media can only provide sensationalism and details
I need to think of the “how” and ”why” for myself…
How can I live my own life meaningfully in the face of infinite meaningless cruelty and pain in the world?
My deepest condolences and heartfelt empathy goes out to everyone who will suffer in this world today.
To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering — Nietzsche