Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tragedy at Virginia Tech

Words are inconsequential when something like the Virginia Tech shootings happens, so I won't address that. Those young people and professors will never, ever get past it. We should not either. Thank goodness for Nikki Giovanni, who said as much yesterday at the memorial service. I'm so sick of people saying, "Get on with your life" after unspeakable tragedies. That does nothing but make more guilt and serve our emotional attention deficit disorder.

What I do want to address is the oddity of a date. During the week of April 19-20, the following have happened.
Hitler's birthday April 20.
Holocaust Remembrance Day April 15
Ruby Ridge April 19
Columbine April 19
Waco Burning April 19
Oklahoma City Bombing April 19
Virginia Tech April 16

Why? At least some of these were related to, perhaps even committed because of, the first two. I will not speculate; it almost seems like some center of gravity for evil exists at this time. But that's too mystical; I only want to point out the oddness of the coincidence.

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